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.
The new BMW X6 incorporates the BMW X’s DNA in every possible style. But then the modern interpretation is made with a little bit of twist from its usual approach. To say it another way, the BMW X6 design language has gone to the extremes with this new offer. Since the new model is the actual execution of genuine design perspectives, we shall be expecting Dynamic Performance Control and xDrive’s all-wheel technology to go with the X6’s impressive driving characteristics.
There are many design faces that we can find in any BMW that are also present in the X series. Obviously these are the front end’s dynamic shapes, wider view, horizontal lines and also the distinctive contours enhancing the side profile. In fact, the standard round headlamps along with BMW’s iconic kidney grille didn’t escape the new Sports Activity Coupé’s design principle.
The large air intakes are placed farther to the edges not just for cooling down the hyperactive engines but also to amp up coupé’s aesthetic appeal. Since the width of the BMW X6 has been given more emphasis (to look sportier than ever before), the perfect placement of the air scoops blends seamlessly with the wheels-out orientation of the new model. Surprisingly, the extensive headlights also improve the appearance of the side panels, which is more than what we expected.
In the meantime, the xDrive25i’s kidney grille with fins is available in an elegant black finish while the xDrive50i offers it in titanium. Interestingly, BMW X6’s “lowered look” effortlessly comes out since the body colour overshadows the rest of the surface.