Mercedes-Benz and BMW seem to be on agreement in at least one thing.
They’re both working on three-cylinder petrol engines that will be launched within the next five years. The three-cylinder turbocharged unit will be installed in all Mercedes cars up to and including the C-class.
BMW, on the other hand, is designing cars that will suit the noise, vibration, and harshness associated with these three-pot engines. Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler’s board member in charge of R&D, said that a three-cylinder engine in the C-class is “quite conceivable.” Daimler strategist Johannes Reisenrath said that to improve economy, it’s logical that from four cylinders, BMW can still go lower.