New Mercedes-Benz Modular Engine Family Coming

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After the announcement that Mercedes-Benz will feature just four modular car platforms in the future - instead of the current nine architectures – we should remind you that the three-pointed star is also working on an entire family of modular engines for those upcoming platforms.
We already told you about their future “agile production” system in their engine assembly operations, but what we didn't know at the time was how flexible their modular engines will apparently be.

“Though we are producing the four- and six-cylinder versions of diesel and gasoline engines on separate lines so far, we will be able to manufacture all four variations of the next generation on one line,” said Andreas Renschler, the man in charge of production and purchasing at Daimler AG.

According to more recent reports, the upcoming modular six, four and three-cylinder engines from Mercedes-Benz will all be able to be manufactured on the same line of production for a rather specific reason.

That reason will be the fact that both future diesel and gasoline engine will share things like cylinder bore and stroke and a number of common materials between them. It also turns out that the three pointed star's return to inline six cylinders is not as far fetched as we had originally believed, with the first car to feature such a powerplant being the E-Class W213.

As we mentioned before, the three cylinder engines will only be used in the cars built on the future MFA (Modular Front Architecture) platform, while the fours and sixes to be reserved for the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform.
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