Mercedes-Benz plans to downsize its new engines when it releases its next generation entry-level compact cars. The company eyes fitting these engines in its upcoming A-Class release, which is set to be in the market in mid-2018.
The new models will carry engines with 1.2 to 1.4-liter cylinders. The move is part of the company's push towards emission reduction and economizing fuel consumption for its compact cars. The engine's development, codenamed M282, is in partnership with Renault-Nissan, as per Auto Car.
The M282 engines could likely power the rest of Mercedes-Benz's smaller car models, such as the B-class, GLA and CLA, in future developments. NDTV Auto suggested the engines could also be used for the brand's upcoming SUV, known as the GLB. Smaller engines also reduce the car's price, which will appeal to more consumers and boost the carmakers' profits.
It's unclear, however, if the M282 engines will make its way towards the U.S. market. Motor Authority pointed out the A-Class Mercedes-Benz models aren't sold in America.
Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz continues to ramp up its research and development as the auto industry undergoes a shift in technology. Board member Ola Källenius recently talked to Digital Trends on how the company keeps its stronghold even after 131 years.
Källenius said Mercedes-Benz plans to expand electrification in the coming years. The company is already offering more plug-in cars than any other luxury car brands. Källenius also said they have been developing hydrogen car technology for years. Car enthusiasts can expect Mercedes-Benz to launch this in the market later this year.
Källenius acknowledged the sophistication of technology and the company positioned itself to take full advantage of this. "Eventually, our goal is to have the full autonomous drive as an option that you can select when you buy a car," he said. "But on the way there you will see a gradual development of our assistance systems." Listen to Källenius as he dishes more on Mercedes-Benz's future in the video below.