The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and the Renault Nissan Alliance is reportedly ready to enter a new phase, as the companies have allegedly decided to work together on a new range of engines.
The expansion has to do with research and development for a new family of gasoline four-cylinder engines – 1.2- and 1.4-liter units, getting direct-injection and used to power models from the lower tiered ranges. Of course, that means the A Class hatchback will be getting them first sometime next year, followed by the entire pack – A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, the rumored GLB, and even a yet to be named model. We already know Mercedes compact range will have eight versions. Codenamed “M282,” the engines are being developed for transverse applications, so they won’t be used in larger Mercedes models.
These 1.2 and 1.4 options will be seconded by the updated versions of the existing “M274” engines going for new “M260” codename and coming as 1.6 and 2.0-liter models. The latter upgraded 2.0-liter will also be tweaked by AMG to replace the M133 used in “45” models – and its 381 horsepower (280 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton-meters) of torque credentials will be trumped by the confirmation it will surge above 400 hp.