Mike Stevens | Mar 25, 2011

The next-generation in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class line-up, expected to debut in late 2013, will reportedly feature a hybrid version of almost every variant.

According to British magazine Autocar, Mercedes is looking to build on its growing green line-up by offering a hybrid option for all but the smallest diesel-powered variants.

The report adds that an unnamed 'company source' confirmed that the move is part of the company's push to meet Europe's tightening emissions laws, which requires a carmaker's overall fleet to achieve a specific average emissions level.

Four- and three-cylinder engines are expected to feature in the range, with more powerful electric motors boosting power figures for the smaller engines.

Mercedes-Benz is not the only European brand exploring three-cylinder engine options, with BMW confirming recently that it is developing a three-cylinder engine for its smaller future models.

According to Autocar, Mercedes is also looking at cylinder deactivation options that would include shutting down all but two cylinders when appropriate.

In additional to being more frugal, the new C-Class will reportedly be lighter than the current model also, with a cut of about 10 percent expected.

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