2014 Mercedes-Benz GLC
When: late 2013 or early 2014
Mercedes' rival to the BMW X1 is based on Benz's small A/B-class platform. That means that like the base A-class, it will be pretty affordable. And that's important, since Mercedes has had trouble attracting younger buyers. But the GLC won't come only as a stripped-down model designed to lure away VW Tiguan pretenders. We'd wager Mercedes could be seriously bold and, as they're planning with the A-class, come to North America with a few AMG versions.
Expect at least one turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and almost certainly the 2.1-liter turbocharged diesel from the 2013 GLK. Also bet on a seven-speed automatic, and we'd pray for the option of a dual-clutch arrangement.
Price: $30,000 to $35,000