The fifth model that Mercedes-Benz will be building at its Alabama plant by 2015 is shaped like a crossover with a coupe back end that’s very similar to the BMW X6, according to an image and picked up by Jalopnik. CEO Dieter Zetsche has not divulged about what this new model would be but it is clear that it will be one of 10 extra models that will be released over the next four years.
This makes it apparent that the model that Mercedes is referring to won’t be the existing GLK. The latest reports say that the MLC will be built on the same platform as the new ML-Class.
Its lines are inspired by the CLS. The back doesn’t have a lot of room, implying that Mercedes is focused on the design instead of its practicality and off-road prowess. Mercedes has plans to introduce an AMG version that uses the most advanced technologies, enabling it to produce more than 544hp.
But this range of fuel-efficient engines, including diesels, has outputs that start at 265hp. In addition, the vehicle could gain from using the M-Class all-wheel drive without the special off-road capabilities.
Since the X6 was launched in 2009, it has sold more than 120,000 units. This makes the coupe crossover segment very appealing to rivals. Audi will soon offer a similarly shaped Q6 to market and Land Rover is expected to follow. Porsche’s new Cajun compact crossover is expected to enter the market as a two-door. [source: Jalopnik]