In order to expand its petrol-powered engine lineup, Mercedes-Benz is considering to introduce new entry-level petrol engines. The new petrol engine options will include a 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct injected units that are expected to be launched on the upcoming models.
The new engines, codenamed M282 is developed in partnership with Renault-Nissan and Daimler and will be used especially for transverse applications. The new units are expected not to make it into the larger Mercedes-Benz models as well as in hybrid applications.
These engines will first be introduced on the A-Class in 2018 in international markets, followed by other next-generation models including the B-Class, CLA and the GLA. The luxury carmaker will also equip the A-Class sedan, which was showcased as a concept model at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, with the same set of engines.
The new 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injected engines will join the updated version of the current M274 engine, which will also be first introduced on the A-Class and the updated engine lineup, codenamed the M260, will include the new 1.2 litre, 1.4 litre units as well as the existing 1.6 litre and the 2.0 litre engines. The 1.6-litre motor produces 406 hp of power and is the successor of the M133 unit powering the A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 AMG models. These engines are said to improve fuel efficiency as well as reduce emissions.
The smaller petrol engines make more sense for a price-sensitive market such as India as equipping the A-Class would these options will have a better retail point. The company aims at bringing new products to the country this year as well which may include the smaller capacity engines in the A-Class.