C-Class ‘virtually every model’ to have hybrid technology
March 25, 2011
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will have hybrid technology on virtually every model, according to a report appearing in Autocar.
Citing sources within Mercedes-Benz, the publication explained that this decision has been taken in an effort to drive average fuel consumption down to “supermini levels”.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class family, which is expected to be launched in late 2013, is being developed to demanding CO2 targets.
One insider told the publication that the most frugal diesel-engined model in the range is targeting average emissions of just 100g/km, while the most economic petrol version will come in between 110g/km and 120g/km.
“Early prototypes are now being tested, but Autocar understands there is still some debate as to whether three-cylinder engines will be fitted,” it said.
“Another possibility is that the new cars will use four-pot engines equipped with cylinder deactivation technology, allowing the motors to occasionally run on just two cylinders.”
The story concluded by stating that the car’s overall weight will be reduced by around ten per cent.
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