Dumbing Down Engines

Today fuel economy is such a big concern on the minds of auto makers that every car manufactuer is developing stripped down versions of existing engines to deliver outputs equivalent to their high-powered siblings but at lower cost.

Written by Rajat Guha | Published: July 5, 2012 3:59:51 am

Today fuel economy is such a big concern on the minds of auto makers that every car manufactuer is developing stripped down versions of existing engines to deliver outputs equivalent to their high-powered siblings but at lower cost. The latest to join the bandwagon is German luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz,which is apparently developing a new scaled-back 1.6 litre four cylinder turbocharged powertrain for its C-Class.

If the company launches the new C-Class engine in India after first doing so in Europe,it will be able to give the entry level luxury sedan a competitive price tag,which will enable it to wrest market share from rivals like Audi and BMW.

After losing the No1 tag in the luxury car market to BMW five years ago Merc got pipped by its German counterpart Audi two months ago to become No3 in the segment. With things,at present,not going in favour of Merc in India ,the company can bet it big on proposed downsized C-Class.

Merc is also launching B Class in next couple of months to fill the void in the sub-30 lakh segment currently dominated by BMW X1.

The new powertrain is expected to comply with Euro 6 emission standards,since it releases just 143 g/km of carbon. Reportedly,Euro 6 emission standards will be obligatory for vehicles from 2015. Further details regarding the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with new 1.6 litre petrol powertrain will be declared near its launch.

Called M274 internally,the small gas-burning four-banger is essentially a longitudinally-mounted version of the transversal M270 mill that already powers the B-Class and that will be utilized by the A-Class hatchback in the near future.

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