Mercedes started teasing the idea of developing a BLK model back when BMW announced the X1 and Audi divulged the Q3 crossover. It was a particular market that Mercedes couldn’t compete in for lack of a vehicle, and since the GLK turned out to be a good idea, why not fill the void in the competing market by sliding a model right underneath it?
The new BLK, set to be released sometime in 2013, will be built on the same MFA architecture (Mercedes Front-wheel drive architecture) as the next generation A- and B-Class. We expect to see a design language inspired by the Concept A-Class revealed earlier this year, but adapted to a production version model. The interior will combine the latest technologies and will offer enough room for about five-people.
Under the hood, expect to see the same engines used for the A- and B-Class, with a possible hybrid variant. This means we will see two different four-cylinder engines - a 170 HP 2.2 liter engine and a 204 HP 2.0 liter -, both offered with 4MATIC technologies. We may also see a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with about 240 HP and the European market will get its usual diesel line-up.
Availability is still a question, but since Mercedes is allowing the A-Class to find its way on over to the US market, we’re thinking we may get a chance to drive the BLK as well. If we do see it on our side of the pond, prices will be set at about $30K ($5,000 less than the GLK).
The German luxury carmaker, Mercedes Benz, is preparing an even smaller version of the GLK. This new uber-mini G-Wagen will be called the BLK, the new crossover will be a competitor for BMW’s future X1 and Audi’s Q3. Based on the next Euro only B-Class, the future BLK will debut in 2012 and will cost 5000 Euros cheaper than the slightly larger, GLK.
From the outside, the BLK is smaller than the GLK, but on the inside it is almost as roomy as its big brother. Taking a cue from the original Mini Cooper, the Mercedes Benz engineers turned the engine sideways and mounted it transversely under the hood; this makes a flatter floor pan, and fewer intrusions into passenger compartment.
Engine options for the new BLK will consist of a 2.0 Liter turbo diesel making 175 HP, 204 HP and 225 HP; there will also be a gas burning turbocharged engine with the same displacement making 204 HP and 238 HP. If you are averse to shifting the gears of a manual transmission, Mercedes will also be offering their eight-speed double clutch automatic gearbox.
Mercedes’ BMW X1 and Audi Q3 competitor is expected to be similar to its GLK big brother, but carry a somewhat more angular style. It will be offered as a four-wheel drive model, and rumored to come in two model trims known as "Street" and "Nature". It should have a range of four-cylinder direct-injection gas and diesel engines, sized between 1.6-liters and 2.2-liters.