Mercedes' head of research and development has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.

Mercedes' head of research and development has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber ruled out the possibility of a BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer competitor but saying it was something they considered but ultimately decided against.  As he explained, "There are cooler ways to transport more than four or five people. And for us, emotion counts."

Weber also said the downsizing trend is here to stay but the company is committed to V12 engines.  He also downplayed the possibility of building a three-cylinder engine from one of their four-cylinder units by saying it would be too costly and would not meet their standards for noise and vibration.

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