Mercedes-Benz will keep V12 engine on new S-ClassNovember 26, 2019
The top engine will remain in the gamut of the next generation model
Daimler CEO Ola Callenius has confirmed the return of the V12 engine to the next generation S-Class. The brand’s motorists managed to adapt the unit to new environmental standards, and the Mercedes-Benz S 600 in the back of the W223 will retain the iconic powerplant.
Rumors of a complete failure of Mercedes-Benz from the V12 engine intensified after the debut of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 with a V-shaped “eight”. GTSpirit clarified with Daimler’s head the prospects of twelve-cylinder engines at the Guangzhou Motor Show, and Callenius emphasized that the legendary powertrain would remain at least in the new S-Class range.
Last year, the head of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, announced that he would no longer appear on the AMG V12 models, so the twelve-cylinder engine was likely to remain on only the “six hundredth” and the Mercedes-Maybach line. Details about the new unit are unknown: Daimler engineers may have electrified the current M279 engine, but the development of a new engine based on a four-liter V8 is not ruled out.
Ola Kallenius made it clear that there will be no twelve-cylinder engine on the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. At the same time, the concern does not exclude the appearance of a six-cylinder version of the luxury SUV.
The debut of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class will probably take place in 2020. The premiere of the top versions of Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach will take place no earlier than 2021. Judging by spy photos and insider information, the flagship sedan will receive a huge tablet of a multimedia system, switch to hybrid power plants and acquire a third-level autopilot.
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