The BMW X6 rival from Mercedes applies the styling of a coupe to a full size SUV model, production model is to arrive next year. Mercedes which are a brand that is famous for it's innovative body shapes, like the four door CLA coupe and CLS Shooting Brake, has applied the styling of a coupe to a full size SUV model. This model is designed to take on the X6 model from BMW and was revealed last week at the Beijing Motor Show. The model, which is likely to be badged MLC will allegedly be a production model next year.
The model is based on the M-Class platform, which is a car it will be built alongside, though it is actually longer by 131mm, wider by 118mm and lower by 57mm, though it's 2916mm wheelbase is the same. Raised ground clearance, along with huge 22 inch alloys and scuff plates of polished aluminium give it it's SUV stance. Whilst the concept's arcing, flat roofline is a lot sportier than anything ever featured on an SUV from Mercedes up to now.
It is the roof that gives the car it's sleek profile, which stays lower and swoops from the top of the windscreen into it's tailgate in one smooth line. The rear of the vehicle has been designed to fit in with the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe model and features similar full width taillights along with a registration plate that is incorporated into the rear bumper of the car. The top edge of the windscreen, which has been rounded is also a classic Mercedes Coupe design cue.
When the model arrives in showrooms, Mercedes want to make it a much more sportier drive than the M-Class model, which is why the full technical details for the concept model have been provided. There are five driving modes available, Sport, Sport+, Comfort, Slippery and Individual, these are available to tailor the power train and steering responses, whilst the concept is fitted with 4MATIC four wheel drive, carbon ceramic brakes and the new 9G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox.
Under the bonnet the company have avoided electricity in favour of it's latest 328 brake horsepower 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine, as fitted to the Mercedes E400 Coupe. When the vehicle goes on sale in 2015, a V6 diesel model, along with a MLC63 AMG fitted with a new 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 engine is expected, as well as a plug in hybrid model.