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Set to be introduced alongside the new generation of A-Class, new entry-level engines with follow in CLA, GLA and B-Class

Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce a brand new entry-level petrol engine line-up consisting of both 1.2 and 1.4-litre direct-injection units as part of a concerted downsizing initiative aimed at providing smaller models with improved economy and reduced emissions.

The new four-cylinder engines, which go under the internal codename M282, are planned to be launched in the next generation of compact Mercedes-Benz models, starting with more affordable versions of the fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which is planned to go on sale in the UK during the second quarter of 2018.

Following their introduction in the A-Class, the new engines will be launched in upcoming successor models to the Mercedes-Benz B-ClassCLA and Mercedes-Benz GLA. They will also be used in the new A-Class Saloon, which was previewed by the Concept A Saloon at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, and and a new BMW X1-rivalling SUV model, expected to be called the GLB.  

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Developed in partnership with Mercedes' parent company Daimler’s alliance partner Renault-Nissan, the new engines have been conceived specifically for transverse applications, meaning they are unlikely to be used in larger Mercedes-Benz models, even in hybrid applications.

The new 1.2 and 1.4-litre four-cylinder powerplants are planned to support a heavily updated version of the existing M274 engine that's also planned for introduction in the new A-Class. This receives a new name, M260, and is planned to be offered in both 1.6 and 2.0-litre guises, with the latter forming the basis for a 400bhp-plus successor to the AMG-developed M133 unit used by the A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 4Matic.

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xxxx 24 May 2017

Transverse or north-south

Yep it can be done and is. e.g. 2.3 Ecoboost in the Mustang is mounted longitudinally. The same engine powers the Focus RS transversally. There are other examples to
1948Wolseley 23 May 2017

Transverse only

The engine mounts will be in a different place. In both transverse and longitudinal cases, the engine teens to be mounted to the front chassis legs or subframe. This means engine mounts on the sides of longitudinal engines, and on one end of transverse engines (the other mount being on the gearbox).
Jeremy 23 May 2017

I wonder

I often wonder how many Merc A-Class and B-class drivers know their wonderful German car has a Renault engine?
ianp55 23 May 2017

New Mercedes Benz Petrol Engines

Jeremy wrote:

I often wonder how many Merc A-Class and B-class drivers know their wonderful German car has a Renault engine?

I wonder how many owners of the Citan and X-Class know that their entire vehicle is a Renault. You could put a three pointed star on a Tata Nano and see how many badge obsessed punters would fall for it

rickerby 23 May 2017

Jeremy wrote:

Jeremy wrote:

I often wonder how many Merc A-Class and B-class drivers know their wonderful German car has a Renault engine?

I doubt they would care, and why on earth should they?