According to a German Mercedes-Benz fan site, we should now have a straightforward picture regarding the engine options going with the yet to be launched next generation midsize E Class.
Just to get the issue out of the picture, the previously reported 6-cylinder inline diesel powerplant remains a mysterious addition and has not been confirmed. Instead, the newest rumor has the diesel range using a new 4-cylinder engine delivering three levels of power: 150 HP (110 kW), 194 HP (143 kW) and 231 HP (170 kW). Besides, the well known 3.0 V6 remains on point, albeit in a retuned state and delivering about 260 HP (191 kW). The speculation was tipping a brand new diesel powerhorse – 2.9-liter twin-turbo inline-six boasting 317 HP (233 kW) or a high-performance unit with quad-turbo for more than 405+ HP (298 kW), but you will need to take this with a serious dose of disbelief until the carmaker delivers any official confirmation.
Meanwhile, the gasoline range of the 2016 E-Class will include an all new 2.0-liter turbo with 184 HP (135 kW) in the E200, 211 HP (155 kW) in the E250 and 245 HP (180 kW) in the E300. Next up the ladder sits the inline-six turbocharged unit churning out 333 HP (245 kW) in the E400 and 367 HP (270 kW) in the E450 AMG Sport. The flagship E63 AMG will come with the regular twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter already seen on the C63 and AMG GT. Hybrids have become a traditional offering and we should have the E350 petrol-hybrid and possibly a diesel-hybrid variant further down the production line. Gearbox options will include a 6-speed manual and the new 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic, both mated to rear-wheel or all-wheel drive systems.