According to a report by Autocar, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class will offer hybrid technology on nearly every model variant in an attempt to lower the average fuel consumption down to supermini levels. This is according to sources within the company.
The new Mercedes C-Class family is being developed to meet demanding CO2 targets and is expected to launch in late 2013. According to a Mercedes insider, 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 according to Autocar there is still some debate as to whether three-cylinder engines will be fitted. 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.
In addition to these downsized engines and electrical assistance from hybrid transmissions, the new C-Class models will benefit from reduced friction within the engine, gearbox and wheel bearings. The cars’ overall weight, even with the addition of a small battery pack, electric motor and power electronics, will be reduced by around 10 percent.