Mercedes Benz will release a new line of cars using the MFA (Mercedes Front Wheel drive Architecture) and the most important spin-off from the Indian operation's perspective is the crossover called BLC in enthusiast circles.
Seeing the interest level in the crossover space just above 20 lakh rupees, Mercedes Benz will be checking the progress of the BLC project on a weekly basis. Audi is testing the Q3 for a early to mid-2012 launch while BMW is mulling variants of the X1.
This is one of the most happening segments in the luxury car market. Audi is going to piggyback on the Q3 to reach the lofty target of 7,500 units next year while BMW has extended its lead over Mercedes using the X1's numbers.
To be available in both FWD and AWD forms, these are the engine options expected on the BLC according to a report on Car and Driver magazine -
- 1.6 liter gasoline engine
- 1.8-liter diesel
- 2.1-liter turbo-diesel
These engines will be married to a 6-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Drivers will get to experience the latest COMAND system and Mercedes’ various other safety and telematics technologies.
The baby crossover is expected to touch down in late 2013 or early 2014. Pricing and configuration will be decided a few months ahead of the launch but expect the 2.1-liter diesel to lead the march. It is expected to reach India six to eight months from the time of the European launch.
[Source - CarAndDriver.com]