Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show the all-new Concept Coupe SUV, its answer to the BMW X6. Dubbed MLC in its production form, the Concept Coupe SUV is based on the M-Class and is set to go into production in the second half of 2015. As you can see from the photos, the new concept SUV from Mercedes-Benz shares little with the M-Class and comes with a prominent front grille fitted with the three-pointed star logo and with stylish LED headlights inspired by those seen on the smaller CLA.
Viewed from the side, the Concept Coupe SUV features the Mercedes-Benz so-called ‘dropping line’, just like the other vehicles found in company’s lineup. For those who don’t know, this ‘dropping line’ was introduced by the second-generation CLS. At the rear, everything is new and the Concept Coupe SUV follows the same design lines seen on the S-Class Coupe such as a rear window rounded off at the top and slim taillights.
The concept car is 4935 mm long, has a width of 2044 mm and a height of 1739 mm. It is believed that the production version will retain these figures. As a result, the upcoming SUV will be 58 mm longer, 61 mm wider and 49 mm higher than the BMW X6. The Concept Coupé SUV is painted in the "ALU-BEAM" paint finish, which is also reminiscent of the technically ground-breaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s and 1950s.
22-inch wheels wrapped in 305/45 R 22 tyres complete the design. Under the hood, there is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol V6 engine that will also be used by the M-Class Facelift, which will arrive later this year. This engine delivers 328 bhp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The engine is bolted to a new nine-speed 9G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox produced by Mercedes-Benz.
This new transmission delivers the power to the road via the 4Matic four-wheel drive system with features such as the brake energy recuperation, automatic stop/start and a coasting function that is capable to idle the engine on extended periods of trailing throttle to reduce fuel consumption.