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Old 03-14-2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Mercedes BLS set for 2014 launch

With Audi and BMW moving down market, it’s no surprise that Mercedes is following suit with the B-Class sedan dubbed the ‘baby CLS.’ While the vehicle has been rumored for months, a new report is indicating the car will be launched in 2014. The specifics are still kind of murky, but the model is expected to feature dramatic styling which draws inspiration from the CLS and F800 concept. Furthermore, the car will ride on the new MFA platform and feature front-wheel drive.

Engine options remain shrouded in mystery, but Auto Express is reporting choices will include a 2.0-liter petrol with 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and a 2.2-liter diesel that develops 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS). Additionally, the car could be outfitted with Renault engines as a result of their recent alliance with the French automaker.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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Unless someone REALLY wants that Mercedes badge on their car, I can't see people settling for a 200hp 2L. And I assume that's a four banger too?
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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That is a great looking car. I wonder what the size/weight will be.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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I see tons of C230's running around that make about 200hp. It's not for me, but apparently some people are willing to pay extra for the je ne s'ais pas that comes with the badge.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by OrbitalEllipses View Post
Unless someone REALLY wants that Mercedes badge on their car, I can't see people settling for a 200hp 2L. And I assume that's a four banger too?
Disagree, buyers won't see it as 'settling' at all.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:22 PM   #6
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the front end seems a bit scrunched up - like it hit a wall already

I think it would look a lot better if the bottom part of the MB grill was gone and have it sit lower to the ground some - but I guess you need the extra height for interior space and such. Some front end similarities with the SL
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:35 AM   #7
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Didn't caddy already have a much-less-than-successful attempt at a small european car named the bls?
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