Mercedes Benz E-Class All Terrain SUV is Heading to 2016 Paris Expo

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (BR 213), 2016

Mercedes Benz just launched the 2017 E-Class wagon and they are not going to stop at anything as the company is already ready for another wagon.

The brand may soon have more than a dozen wagon in their lineup. The latest one to join the lineup is the Mercedes Benz E-Class All Terrain model which is a wagon but with a raised body. The vehicle is set for an official launch at the 2016 Paris auto show. Mercedes Benz is going to compete strongly against the Audi A6 Allroad. The model is yet to find its way to the North American market and by getting there earlier, the auto manufacturer aims to take over the buyers before Audi or anyone else could launch a vehicle of their own.

The new all-terrain SUV is also going to pose a competition for the Volvo V90 Cross Country edition. In order to make it versatile to suit a wide range of terrains, the engineers have opted for a raised suspension design. The exterior of the body is clad in durable plastic and the underbody is made of solid steel so as to make it totally rugged for every situation. According to the automobile magazine, a brand new air body control system innovated by Mercedes will be integrated in the wagon. The overall height of the car is expected to be lowered so as to facilitate the best aerodynamics at higher speeds.

Chief engineer, Michael Kelz had an exclusive meet with the media to talk in-depth about the upcoming all-terrain wagon. He commented that once the pavement comes to an end, the new E-class may not be as efficient as an actual SUV. It is because of the lower ride height and the type of build the team is going for. Besides, the idea is to focus on multiple terrains than a flat terrain where most vehicles would perform decently.

He commented that all-terrain wagons are for the niche audience in Europe where buyers prefer it for the utility it offers but don’t go for SUV or crossover because it usually doesn’t solve their purpose. Kelz confirmed that Mercedes has no plans to launch the E-class model in the United States. It is a decision made based on buyer preference and present situation. He further continued to confirm the brand may choose to launch it at a later stage. If it arrives, it’s going to be above the E400 series.

2017 Mercedes Benz E400 4Matic Wagon Specs and Details

Most buyers have the notion that the top end variant being offered by Mercedes Benz is the S-Class sedan.

But, according to the company it is the E-class wagon which is subtle yet on top of the luxurious offerings from the automobile brand.

The car maker in their statement has said that the wealthiest of their buyers always opt for the E-Class wagon. It is one of the most popular cars in multiple regions including New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. Keeping with the trend and to offer their buyers a new wagon to go for, Mercedes Benz has officially announced the next generation five-door E400 with 4Matic system. It is a welcome addition for those looking forward to change their ageing wagon and for those who are interested in joining the Mercedes family being becoming on their elite customers.

Whenever an E-class wagon is mentioned, it is the curvaceous and the streamlined design that hits buyers hard. The design is simply spectacular that it has been warmly welcomed by people around the globe without second thoughts. Mercedes is not going to get rid of this amazing outlook and continues to follow the same pattern with their next generation wagon. The new E-Class E400 wagon is clean and has the right curves. Similarities with the existing sedan are many but it is not going to be of any issue. Despite the wheelbase being the same 115.7 inch as the sedan, the engineers have managed to bump the rear space in the wagon to a great extent.

Total cargo capacity of the 2017 Mercedes Benz E400 4Matic wagon is yet to be announced. The rear facing seats can be folded like before and when you do that, it gives way to great storage area. It is expected that customers will get at least 57.4 cubic feet of cargo area when the rear seats are open. It will have significant improvement when folded. A self-leveling suspension system is integrated in the back so that comfort levels are maintained when the cargo area is fully loaded.

A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine powers the E400 which is capable of delivering 329 horsepower coupled with 354 lb feet of torque. The power is shared in this wagon which relies on a four-wheel drive setup. The engine is mated to a nine speed transmission system. The wagon is set for a U.S. launch next year along with a Mercedes AMG E63.

Next Gen Mercedes Benz E-Class Debuts at Detroit Show

Mercedes Benz has officially debuted the next E-Class at the Detroit Auto Show as promised and started pushing the car into the S-Class segment with plenty of luxurious add-ons.

The brand new car is quite different from what it used to be and obviously it is ready to take on the future with support for all innovative technologies. The car has been designed to accommodate autonomous driving when the tech becomes available to mainstream vehicles and it also has a design similar to the S-Class variants from Mercedes.

According to Mercedes Benz, their new launch will be a benchmark for all the future vehicles in the series as well as those created by other manufacturers, ideally their competitors. The size of the car has been considerably boosted to make it 65mm longer with a wheelbase measured at 2939mm. The weight has been reduced made possible by lightweight carbon fiber components. A 2.1-liter turbo diesel four engine powers the basic variant and a nine-speed automatic transmission system will be used in all the models.

Drive Pilot is the new technology which will allow the drivers to theoretically drive on long highways without having to control the steering all the time. All they have to do is keep a hand on it or touch it occasionally so that the autonomous technology can continue to operate the car towards the desired destination.

Mercedes confirmed that drivers will be able to let the car operate on its own at a top speed of 210 kilometers per hour which is simply amazing. There may be drivers, who are not comfortable in allowing the car move at such high speeds, but eventually the technology should catch up as smartphones and computers did. A wide range of technical stuff is put together including GPS, satellite navigation system in the E-Class, radar cruise control, built-in cameras and maps to make automatic driving possible.

Apart from the Drive Pilot, the next gen Mercedes Benz E-Class features amazing interiors, which denote luxury at every corner. There are two different large touch screens for the infotainment system which has 720p resolution for HD support. Users can easily navigate through the stuff they like and it also allows the driver to use the system without having to take his or her eyes off the road.

The entry level model may lack some of the features, but when you go with a Mercedes, there shouldn’t be budgeting issues to opt for the luxury variant.

2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class New Sketch Shows its Design Aspects

Mercedes Benz is getting ready for a brand new range of vehicles and they will be showcasing the 2016 E-Class at the Detroit Auto Show this year.

Before the official reveal, the company has released a sketch version to show how the end product might look like. While seeing a car for the first time through a pencil sketch is definitely not the suggested way, this is a good way to preview things the designers had in mind before we get to see the vehicle in all metal.

The interior design of the upcoming E-Class is expected to be inspired and borrowed from the S-Class model. In the sketch, it is evident that the car looks a lot like the BMW 5 series and is going to pose a tough competition to one of the popular offerings from the BMW brand. The roofline is totally swooping which adds to its sporty looks and the side is incorporated with new, deep creases to add to its splendor.

In the recent past, Mercedes released a teaser video to show how the interiors of the E-Class and the design process their team underwent to get the job done. One of the unique features of the new car is that it has two different displays in the infotainment system to make it easier to access music and other functions. Besides, Mercedes has designed it in such a way that the driver could access it anytime without difficulty.

Named the Mercedes Comand Infotainment system, it allows the driver to choose between three different themes. The Classic, Sport and the Progressive each with a different set of adjustments that have significant impact on the driving experience. It also changes the content that is displayed on the screen according to the mode in which you have the car set in.

With such an innovative idea, the 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class also features touchscreen controls as well as buttons mounted on the steering wheel allowing the driver to make changes at any point. It also supports Android Auto from Google and Apple’s Car Play functionality. It supports USB connectivity and even SD cards to listen to music off the devices.

The company in their press statement said that the interior design of the E-Class is at least two generations ahead and will be a huge step for those who wanted to buy the next car in the series. We will see more of it at the Detroit show.

All-New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Gets Curtain Raiser Preview and Photo Shots

The all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz, which is in the last phases of development, was given a curtain raiser preview as photo shots of the new car gave experts an idea of what to expect.

The photos of the new 2017 E-Class were shot at the company’s Sindelfingen factory in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz seems to have given the new E-Class a safe-bet profile borrowed from the flagship S-Class and the smaller C-Class. There are expected to be two front-end options to choose from including one with a sporty profile featuring an oversized 3-pointed star logo integrated with the grille and a second more elegant profile featuring with a smaller 3-pointed star logo and a multi-slat grille.

The new E-Class will be built on the modular MRA architecture employed in the C-Class and although the size will be similar to the extant model, it is expected to be far more light-weight. The next E-Class will feature a self-driving technology internally dubbed w213. This technology would use a combination of sensors, lasers and cameras to control the car on highways at speeds of about 80 mph.

The optional (not a standard feature) self-driving technology is estimated to make the driving experience more relaxed and safer as it will be able to pre-empt and prevent accidents.

The upcoming E-Class will also feature the straight-6 engine, the first Mercedes vehicle to feature this engine in 20 years. There are expected to be both diesel and gas versions that will replace the V6 of the current model. This engine is expected to find its way gradually to other models too, including the S, the C, the SL and the GLE. A plug-in hybrid 2017 E-Class model is also expected to join the line-up later on.

The top-end Mercedes-AMG E63 would get the twin-turbocharged 4L V8 down-sized unit capable of an output of 600 horsepower to all the four wheels through a connected 9-speed automatic transmission. It is estimated that the 0-60 mph will be reached in less than 3.5 seconds.

The new E-Class super sedan is expected to be faster and more powerful than its main rival, the BMW M5. The new sedan is estimated to make its first appearance at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year. Station wagon, coupe and convertible models are expected to follow shortly after the sedan launch.

Mercedes Benz E-Class to be Used by Top Government Diplomats in India

Mercedes Benz is the leading luxury brand in the globe and is always associated with top officials because of the exquisite appeal it provides.

The Ministry of External Affairs in India has decided to buy 55 E-Class cars from the company to make it easier for the top diplomats to commute in the country.

According to a recent news update, it has been confirmed that the ministry has placed an order for the 55 vehicles as mentioned above and Mercedes Benz will be considering them as an exclusive order. It will not only have the default safety and comfort features incorporated into it, but will also have special additions designed to make it easier for the ministers to communicate with the headquarters when travelling. The cars are being purchased to meet the travelling requirements of select ministers, head of States, the President and the Prime Minister.

Ever since the Narendra Modi government was formed in India, the country has been adopting a couple of new policies never seen before. Lot of them are similar to the practices followed by top diplomats around the globe, especially in the United States and China. The American president uses a specially made limousine to travel and a similar trend will now be followed in India by its Prime Minister.

Speaking about the government requirement, Roland Folger, CEO of Mercedes Benz in India said that the head of states around the globe consider their car to be luxurious and safe for travel. “The reason why top diplomats choose our vehicle is that it acts as a prestige symbol wherever they go. We have developed such an important clientele around the globe and proud to host India this year. Choosing the E-class is a wise choice because it is one of the best in our offerings and is an ideal product that tops the luxury car segment in India”, he added.

Mercedes Benz E-Class has already sold over 33,000 units in the country. The one that the Ministry of India plans to purchase is the diesel variant powered by a 2.2 liter diesel engine which has 201 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. It uses a 7G tronic plus automatic transmission system and reaches 100 kmph in just 7.5 seconds despite its heavy build. Additional features found in it include intensity control, electric sun blinds, rear crash structure and dedicated air vent for rear seaters to maintain an even temperature.

2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class Revealed in Amazing New Pictures, Tech Details Out

The manufacturer is determined to pull the car out of the ageing situation it is in at the moment. The 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class high tech car is a great addition to the line-up and if one has to go by the pictures available, it’s definitely got the potential to revolutionize sales.

With fresh designs, integrated technology and performance, the C-Class as well as the S-Class are already ahead in terms of sales. But, when the new E-Class gets launched, it’s going to be a phenomenal victory for the company. They have already witnessed great sales with the model which has recorded over 13 million vehicles around the globe.

Mercedes claims that the upcoming E-class is going to be the most technologically advanced car they have ever produced. The company is gearing up to showcase it for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show scheduled to take place in the month of January, 2016. The first launch will be the saloon, then an Estate, two door coupe and the convertible. The launches will be spread throughout the year so that their sales don’t affect the other models.

The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes E-Class features a box-like design combined with fluid interior panels and brand new headlamps. The shape of the lamps will not be rounded but sharper so as to give a stylish, sporty look for the car. Maximum brightness will be rendered by 84 individual LED lights integrated into the headlamp which is much higher than the 24 found in the current generation E-class model.

The car is built on the MRA architecture because of which the designers are able to provide better headroom and legroom of the passengers. The upcoming version of the E-class will be longer and wider in shape, contributing to its stability and overall comfort level irrespective of the type of road you drive it in. The interiors have also been revamped to make them more attractive than ever. The traditional instrument cluster is mounted on the dash and there are two high definition digital displays. It is expected that these panels will be integral in allowing the driver to experience the most advanced control technology and safety features.

Intelligent Drive Tech will be an exclusive feature for the 2016 Mercedes E-Class. The technology will make use of the array of sensors and cameras mounted on the vehicle to provide easy updates to the drive for hassle free driving. We hope it receives semi-autonomous driving as well.

2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class Creates Waves Among Enthusiasts: Camouflaged Vehicle Caught by Spy Camera?

The reported capturing of the 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class by a spy camera is creating waves among Mercedes fans. There are rumors running rife regarding its features and expected performance levels as the supposed image of the camouflaged vehicle is running amok.

While the image is not clear and much of the details are not seen, a fairly clear insight is being drawn from the images reportedly captured of the 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class. Reports say that the new E-Class is longer, especially between the wheels while the entire frame itself seems bigger than the predecessor.

The company is reportedly attempting to align the features of the new E-Class along that of the S-Class in terms of size although details of the interior are still not clear. Rumors doing the round include that the dashboard and other elements on the inside of the new 2017 E-Class are being redesigned and refined for an improved configuration. All these changes are estimated to make the next-generation E-Class quite similar to the S-Class.

Moreover, Mercedes is supposedly planning to launch this vehicle under the Mercedes-Maybach moniker resulting in expectations of more luxury and class as compared to the previous models. Many experts believe that this could also send prices northwards.

Another feature that is being expected in the new sedan model is that it will have the capability to drive entirely autonomous on the highways. This information is in line with the work done by Mercedes in the last 2 years in the driverless car segment, including launching a commercial vehicle with autonomous driving capability on the highway. Hence it is believed that the company could think of replicating this feature in its new sedan.

Fans and experts are of the opinion that the history of the previous models of the E-Class should not be seen because Mercedes has taken an entirely new approach for the upcoming 2017 model. Some older fans seem not very happy with this expected change; however, many enthusiasts are expecting this changed approach to positively impact the positioning of the company and the new vehicle in the automobile market.

There is however no official announcements on the release date and any other details about the 2017 E-Class. All this information that is doing the rounds among Mercedes fans and car enthusiasts are entirely unofficial and hence skepticism is valid.

2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class Interiors are Inspired by S-Class yet Unique

As soon as the media had its first opportunity to peek into the 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class, everyone, including users and critics concluded that it borrows a lot of design elements from the S-Class and the C-Class.

While it is common for people to arrive at a conclusion by going through a couple of pictures, it is obvious that many of them missed some of the miniscule yet important changes that Mercedes made in their new car. If they were not so confident of their design elements, the team would have never come up with the idea to reveal the interiors first before showcasing the exterior design of the car.

Instead of hyping about the changes or explaining the process through which they made an S-Class look so exquisite on the inside, the team decided to leave it to the arduous consumers to sort it out. It’s a clever marketing strategy for sure because some have already identified that it has way more personality than the S-Class or C-Class cars besides being distinct in its own style. The placement of the center console and the use of analog controls are great examples.

With their 2017 E-Class, Mercedes Benz was conscious of not going completely digital so as to appease buyers of all age groups. They have used the right amount of digital controls and analog buttons to balance this aspect. The center console is huge which makes it readily accessible and for the convenience of the driver, it has been slightly tilted towards his side. While this might sound trivial, it is a much needed aspect so as to allow the driver to make changes to the music being played or to control the temperature without losing focus on the road. A safety measure that has been subtly included with a slight curve.

The four air vents represent the design used in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but they are tightly packed together with hardly any space between them. It ensures even air flow and allows the motors to operate only when necessary than running continuously to fill those gaps. The clock has been shifted to sit with the air conditioning unit controls while the Command controller is at the very bottom.

It includes a storage compartment, infotainment system, climate control and a touchpad. The controls are neatly stacked and have enough space in between so that the users don’t accidentally touch when they don’t intend to. On the whole, the 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class has had a promising start with a familiar yet distinct interior design.

Mercedes Benz E-Class 2017 Edition Showcases its Interiors before Grand Reveal

The entire crowd is busy looking forward to the official launch of Mercedes Benz E-Class, but the company has taken an unconventional route to showcase their brand new vehicle.

For the first time in many months, Mercedes Benz showcased the interior design of the E-Class 2017 edition. The new model’s cabin borrows a lot of design elements from the S-Class variant, but it has been tweaked so as to stand unique from its predecessor. While the brand has already released some images that showcase the interior and the exterior of the car, this is the first time that they showed it to the general public and the media without any camouflage.

The 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class features a dashboard which has the center console and the infotainment screen mounted right in the middle of it. Instead of opting for a fully digital controlled scheme, the designers have upgraded it with some physical buttons so as to render the much needed analog effect. The entire dashboard features an impressive matte finish plastic, which looks highly exquisite and may not get as dusty as other models do.

It features an instrument panel which is exceptionally wide and borrows the layout from the S-Class sedan. The vehicle has fully circular air vents for the air conditioner and the heater panel. It has two analog dials to make it easy for the driver to know the speed, amidst other information. In an era of digital screen panels, analog dials with real speedometers is a rarity. Using them on the top class Mercedes Benz will not only make nostalgic lovers happy but also introduce the concept to the younger generation.

The body of the 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class is constructed based on the modular MRA platform and uses a lot of aluminum parts which significantly reduces its overall weight. The car has lost at least 220 pounds which makes it lighter yet it doesn’t lose its grip on the road and has a firm feel to it even at top speeds. It is powered by turbocharged petrol and diesel engine variants, but for a power packed performance, Mercedes Benz offered a six cylinder inline direction injection petrol and diesel variants. The V6 engine used in the top of the line variant makes the car extremely fast on the road and offers an impressive acceleration level.

We are yet to catch a full glimpse of the Mercedes Benz E-Class 2017 edition, but the dashboard reveal is a good start which should keep us satiated for a couple of weeks.

2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class Gets New Interiors Inspired by Their S-Class

Car enthusiasts were really curious to take a peek into the 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class without a camouflage, which wasn’t possible until now.

The manufacturer has officially revealed the interiors of this most awaited car to the public and automobile enthusiasts. It looks like Mercedes was strongly inspired by their own S-Class line-up, because, a lot of features found in the E-Class resemble their other model. The positioning of the center console on the dashboard, combined with the heater as well as the air conditioning vents is very similar. However, these positions are familiar to the long time Mercedes owners and it is considered to be more ergonomic, which makes sense to adopt the same style in all their next gen models.

It is not just the interior that has changed in the Mercedes Benz E-Class variant, but the plug-in hybrid variant has received variations in its engine power as well. Buyers will be able to choose between three different models including a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, which has an added advantage of an 82hp electric motor, as well as the 3.0 liter V6 engine which is supported by a much powerful 109hp motor.

The company didn’t discuss about the diesel, electric motor variant yet, but it is part of their launch line-up. The E-Class will also be the first in the series from Mercedes Benz which offers the V6 engine inline six cylinder models. With the increased power, drivers will be able to experience an amazing 313 horsepower made possible by the integrated double turbochargers. There will also be a variant which has six cylinders, with two of them being electric motors.

Mercedes has opted for all aluminum construction for the next gen E-Class, which displays significant reduction in weight and better stability on the road. While big brands are still busy launching plug-in hybrid models, Tesla has leaped to the newer generation electric vehicles. The newly launched Tesla Model X SUV is the first of its kind which boasts of towing capacity, great horsepower, 250 miles on a full charge and stylish falcon wing doors.

The company truly believes it will change the world of electric cars and Tesla is also gearing up to offer cheaper EVs in the next two years. With them going miles ahead, it is time now that Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW among everyone else, start thinking about innovation and adopt electric vehicles without being constrained to hybrids all the time.

Next Generation 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Will Look and Feel Premium

Mercedes-Benz is already working on a new 2016 E-Class model that should debut early in 2016. Up until now, nobody outside of Mercedes-Benz knew how the car would look or what the performances will be.

However, a rendered image, courtesy of RM Design shows what might be in store for the next generation of the E-Class. Take the picture with a grain of salt, as nothing is certain. However, some features are already rumored, as well as the possible engines and performances of the car.

Let’s start from the design that will experience some changes and tweaks. We have previously seen some of the spy shots of the new E-class. The pictures clearly show resemblance in the lines to the already announced C and S class. The 2016 E-Class will ride on the same MRA platform that has a goal to increase the size and lose weight. Expect the next generation of the sedan to be bigger, but lighter.

When it comes to the power and performance, rumors are that the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will offer several engines. Some of the new units that experts believe will make its way to the E-class are the 2.9 liter V6 diesel engine that produces 313hp and a 400hp quad turbocharged engine.

Some of the biggest strengths of the upcoming E-Class are in the field of technology. The next generation should make the driving experience as comfortable and as luxurious as possible. The 2016 E-Class will feature several technologies that will make the driving experience semi-autonomous.

The biggest innovation is the “Car-to-X” feature, a new communication system that Mercedes-Benz has developed for communication between vehicles. The idea behind the system is that it should reduce the risk for collision, especially at junctions and around tight bends. The system will vastly improve the driving experience when visibility of traffic is reduced.

The next generation of the luxury sedan should also incorporate a number of sensors that will improve safety, starting from a stereo camera facing forward, as well as rear and side camera sensors. The company will also install the Intelligent Drive System into the E-Class. The system ensures that the vehicle is always at an appropriate distance, even when driving up to 200km/h. Other safety measures include the Active brake Assist system and the Evasive Steering Assist technology. The brake system helps with braking whenever the system detects slow moving traffic. The steering assist technology, on the other hand, completely takes control of the car when the system notices a pedestrian.

Regarding the release date, initial reports are that the E-Class could make its debut in January, during the NAIAS show. However, we can never be certain and considering that the vehicle is still early in development, the scheduled date might be delayed a month or two.

2016 Mercedes Benz E Class – First Pictures Out on the Internet

Mercedes is doing its best to hide the next generation E-Class, but the camouflaged images of the 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class have surfaced on the internet recently.

The prototypes of the vehicle were spotted in Germany, where the company is probably doing test driving.

The E-class has changed the mid-size sedan market in the recent years, adding luxury and prestige to the class. The advanced technologies that Mercedes installed in the E-class and the ones that the company expects to install in the new 2016 E-Class version will upgrade the car to a First Class experience.

Regarding the design, it is unclear what Mercedes will deliver with the final version. However, rumors are that the 2016 E-Class will combine the best features of the S and C Class. For example, the platform will surely be the same one as the one in the C-Class.

The new E-Class will also be a lot lighter than the previous version. The smaller weight will be the result of a new MRA architecture. The new architecture makes a point to increase the space inside the cabin and the trunk.

But what will make the 2016 Mercedes Benz E Class a luxury vehicle is the technology. The main focus of the technology is the “Driver Assistance Package”. Mercedes has invested a lot of money into the technology of an Intelligent Driver, a system that is very close to autonomous driving experience. The new E-Class is armed with radars, multiple cameras including on-board cameras, ultrasonic sensors and a computer to control them all. Together, all technology assets will allow the E-Class to drive automatically at speed up to 130 km/h. There are still limits, including laws in certain countries that require a drive on the wheel at all times.

According to engineers from Mercedes, the new feature will be mostly welcomed on motorways, where the car is put into an ideal scenario. With no traffic, the simple environment allows the driver to hand in control of the vehicle to technology and its sensors.

The new, updated version of the E-Class is expected with a V-6 turbo charged engine that packs up to 317hp power. The turbo charged engine will have a 2.9-liter motor, but there are rumors about a quad-turbo engine as well that will feature two e-turbo engines.

Reports are that the 2016 E-Class might make its debut in January when the city of Detroit will host the North American International Auto Show. Soon after, the customers can expect an AMG E63 version that will have more power than the current AMG GT. The AMG E3 will feature V8 engine. Its 4.0 litter turbocharged engine could produce more than 500hp.