Mercedes-Benz considering a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 30, 2014

Last week, at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Concept Coupe SUV a.k.a. a concept car that previews company’s rival to the BMW X6. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new X6 rival will be assembled at its U.S. plant in Vance, Ala., starting 2015.

Thomas Weber, Mercedes’s r&d chief, said that the new Concept Coupe SUV previews a new vehicle that aims to attract customers who want a “sportily designed vehicle with a high seating position”. What’s more interesting is that the new vehicle, dubbed MLC, could be part of a new model line of so-called “on-road” SUVs.

This new line could include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV. Still, Mercedes-Benz officials didn’t want to confirm the new model, but looking at BMW, which recently introduced the X4, we believe that its German will need such vehicles in order to be the king of luxury vehicle sales.

Regarding the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV, we expect the production version of this new vehicle to debut with the same engine, meaning that it will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine that generates 333 hp (245 kW) at 5500 rpm and 480 Nm of torque at 1400-4000 rpm.

The engine will use a new 9G-Tronic Plus nine-speed automatic transmission with torque converter lock-up, twin-turbine damper with centrifugal pendulum and Direct Select gearshift, as well as ECO start/stop.

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