Mercedes-Benz has been noted to be making some interesting changes to its new 2014 Mercedes-Benz bread-and-butter E-Class lineup, particularly with the engine offerings. Ever since the E-Class was born with the official E-Class name with the W124 chassis, Mercedes-Benz always offered a range of engine options, including various non-AMG V8 models.
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Now though, MotorTrend reports that the E550, or the version that comes with Mercedes-Benz’s twin-turbocharged 4.7L V8 good for 402hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, may not be available any longer after 2015. This is apparently due to the fact that the E-Class has an incoming E400 model, according to MT, which is slated for our shores by next fall. Powering the E400 is a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6, capable of around 330hp and 350 lb-ft of torque—a drastic difference from the current V8-powered E550.
That would mean anyone wanting an eight-cylinder E-Class would have to cough up all of their pockets and then some for the E63 AMG, which is kind of, well, annoying.
MT also cited that there’s a trend occurring with brands featuring small displacement forced induced four-bangers, which personally drives me nuts because I am biased against modern four-bangers because of their wonky engine and exhaust notes. Admittedly, I am turned off by the frequent fart-can noise found to be coming from an ancient Honda Civic. But that’s a story for another day.
In similar fashion, Jaguar was noted to be that prime example as the current XF is now offered with a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger and a 3.0L supercharged V6. Equivalently, Audi’s A6 comes standard with a 2.0L TFSI four-banger, while the BMW 5-series comes in the form of the 528i, which is a 2.0L turbocharged…you guessed it, four-banger. Both also have their forced-induced six-cylinder options.
– By: Chris Chin