1 November 2016

New engines coming for S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class will get a whole new range of engines in 2017, writes Brian Byrne.

It will be the first of the brand's products to be powered from four new power units in the modular range initiated by a 2.0 diesel four during this year.

The extension of the engines 'family' in 2017 will include 4- and 6-cylinder inline petrol units as well as a V8 petrol and a 6-cylinder inline diesel.

The engines will feature a range of state-of-the-art technologies, including a 48v electrical system and cylinder shutoff, as well as particulate filters for the petrol engines.

Mercedes-Benz says the new 6-cylinder petrol engine (pictured on test above) will offer the same performance as their current V8 unit but will be much more fuel efficient. It will have a power output in excess of 400hp.

The overall investment in the company's strategic engine initiative comes to some €3bn.

The current S-Class was launched in 2014.