The new Mercedes E-Class is not even fully out of its cocoon yet, but already the Company is planning big changes for the next year’s model. Mercedes is reportedly going to ditch the E550 (E500 in Europe) V8 model, and replace it with a new E400 model.
The E400 model will be powered by a new twin-turbo V6 engine and slots above the E350 as the flagship below the E63. The new powertrain will undoubtedly be more fuel efficient than the V8, but the downsizing will have a catastrophic effect on the performance.
The twin-turbo V6 will be good for 330 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, which is only 30 hp and about 70 lb-ft more than the naturally aspirated V6 in the E350. In comparison, the E550’s V8 makes 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Now, this is said to be Mercedes’ plan for the American market. Europe will probably get to keep its E500, and not just as a sedan, but coupe and convertible as well.