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    Daimler developing a three-cylinder motor but says small three-cylinder motors are not good enough for Mercedes vehicles

    BMW developed a small 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder motor and it is used in front wheel drive products including Mini (and the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer) as well as the top of the range and the $135,000+ BMW i8 hybrid sports car. Mercedes-Benz intends to produce a small three-cylinder motor as well but unlike BMW they will not be putting it any car with all wheel drive or powering the rear wheels.

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    Head of engine development Bernhard Heil stated, "We have looked at three-cylinder engines, but there are too many compromises, such as refinement and the savings aren't that significant." Essentially, he isn't a fan and believes the efficiency gain over a small four-cylinder is not worth the compromises. That is why Mercedes-Benz will not replace four-cylinders in their sedans but will develop a three-cylinder for the front wheel drives with a hybrid drivetrain.

    If Mercedes developed the i8 you can bet it would not be powered by a puny 1.5 liter three-cylinder as Berhard Heil believes the layout creates too much vibration requiring balance shafts, is noisy, and is inferior to a four-cylinder layout. Mercedes-Benz gets it.

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    What is the story with the motor in the rendering? 2 smaller 2-valve cylinders and a larger 4-valve cylinder?

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