Mercedes Could Use 3-Cylinder Engines in Future Compact Hybrids

March 7th, 2014 by

Compact Hybrids

There are no plans just yet for a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz, but Daimler executive, Bernhard Heil, told Automotive News last week that they weren’t out of the question if the right situation arose.

According to Bernhard, four-cylinder engines can be difficult to implement in front-wheel drive setups, especially if space is limited and even more so if the engine is to share power with an electric motor.

Mercedes currently doesn’t make any compact hybrids other than the 2015 C-Class, though the term hybrid here applies to the 48-percent aluminum body rather than the powertrain. There’s also the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid launching later this year, but it’s got a powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and an 80-kilowatt electric motor.

In an email to AutoblogGreen, Mercedes-Benz spokesman, Christoph Horn, said that “if ever MB would use a three-cylinder engine than [it would be] in a configuration where space is restricted, such as when using hybrid power train in a compact car.”

But why dwell on hypotheticals if the German automaker doesn’t even make a compact hybrid? Does this mean we could expect one in the future? Let us know what you think at Mercedes-Benz of Easton!

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