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).