Apparently Mercedes-Benz isn’t finished updating the current-generation E-Class. By model-year 2015, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class powered by a twin-turbo V-6 may replace the V-8 powered E550 model, Motor Trend reports.
As we’ve mentioned before, a new E400 biturbo model is expected to arrive in the U.S. by fall next year (model year 2015), powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. The engine will produce just under 330 hp and about 350 lb-ft of torque, and should be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive. The E400 will be priced above the E350, which continues on with the naturally aspirated 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with 273 lb-ft. In sedan form, there may be no 2015 E550, though, with its turbo 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Powertrain plans for the E-Class coupe and cabriolet are less clear, but we wonder if the V-8 will stick around for the two-doors, considering they never received an AMG model. Speaking of which, the only way to get a V-8-powered E-Class sedan (and wagon) will be the E63 AMG, which has been updated with a new all-wheel-drive system and a tweaked 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 550 hp and 531 lb-ft. A new E63 S-Model will churn out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft. And as previously reported, the E350 Bluetec diesel will soon be replaced by a new E250 Bluetec, which gets a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel rated at 190 hp and 369 lb-ft. For now, the E400 hybrid carries over.
The change isn’t entirely surprising, especially when you look at other luxury brands that are also continuing their march toward small displacement engines. Jaguar is a prime example. Just over a year ago, the XF sedan was only available with a V-8. Now, the 2013 XF lineup includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (240 hp and 251 lb-ft) and a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 340 hp and 332 lb-ft.
Source: Motor Trend