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Report: Renault-Nissan engines to power future Mercedes, Smart models

by Noah Joseph (RSS feed) on Dec 8th 2010 at 3:58PM


The door metaphorically adjoining the offices of Msr. Ghosn and Dr. Zetsche swings both ways. The two executives – heads of Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance respectively – signed a deal that would see the two auto groups collaborating on future products. So far all the reports appear to be benefiting Nissan – including the latest on AMG engines in Infiniti Performance Line models – but the latest indicate a measure of reciprocation.

According to the wire coming in from across the pond, the next generation of Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class hatchbacks will be powered by Renault-Nissan's new 128-hp 1.6-liter turbodiesel four. Beyond that, the two auto groups will reportedly begin developing a new range of small engines, similar to the engine program between BMW and PSA Peugeot-Citroën.

Their displacements will, according to reports, range from 1.2 liters to 1.8, cylinder counts from three to four and coming in both gasoline and diesel formats, to be used in a broad range of small cars bearing Mercedes, Smart, Nissan and Renault badges.



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By Drew Johnson

Looking to take advantage of a recent strategic alliance, Mercedes-Benz will use a Renault-Nissan sourced turbo-diesel for the next-generation of its A- and B-Class vehicles.

According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will use Renault-Nissan’s 128 horsepower 1.6L turbo-diesel in its forthcoming A- and B-Class models. Mercedes’ next-generation of small cars will likely hit the market sometime next year.

The deal also paves the path for Renault-Nissan to use Mercedes’ 2.0L gas engine, as well as the firm’s V6 and V8 engines. As reported on these pages before, a turbocharged 3.5L V6 and a 6.2L V8 will likely find their way in to Infiniti’s IPL performance line.

The two sides have already begun development on three- and four-cylinder engines that will eventually appear in the Mercedes A- and B-Class cars, as well as Renault’s Clio and Megane vehicles.



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