An AMG representative has acknowledged e-turbo technology is being considered for future models.

An AMG representative has acknowledged e-turbo technology is being considered for future models.

Speaking to Auto Express, Mercedes-AMG's boss for compact car development Steffen Jastrow said they are evaluating the implementation of electric turbos to lower fuel consumption and emissions without affecting performances. He went on to specify their next-gen compact models must have more power and one way to do that is by using an e-turbo.

They are already using the technology in motorsport, but Jastrow says they must find a way to make it affordable for a road-going production car. Once they will achieve this, the high-powered AMG models will benefit not only from lower fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels, but also from better performances thanks to a reduced turbo lag. There's also the advantage of being more compact compared to a conventional turbocharger.

The British magazine estimates Mercedes-AMG won't implement e-turbo technology sooner than the fourth generation A-Class due after 2017. However, it makes more sense that e-turbo will be inaugurated on bigger and more expensive models in the range, with one possible candidate being the all-new E-Class rumored to receive a quad turbo 2.9-liter straight-six diesel engine with two e-turbos delivering in excess of 400 bhp (298 kW).

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