With Audi and BMW moving down market, Mercedes is following suit with the BLS which could be launched in 2014.

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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Mercedes BLS set for 2014 launch - report