In a move that will cause rival BMW more than a few sleepless nights, Mercedes-Benz is being reported as moving forward with a new coupe crossover model that will bang heads squarely against the dismal-looking X6. Tentatively known as the MLC, this model will be built upon the M-Class platform, with the vehicle’s profile taking cues from Mercedes successful CLS styling. And styling is the operative word here, as Mercedes is reportedly favoring form over function for this crossover.
Dubious looks aside though, the X6 can be a mean performer, specially in M guise so Mercedes is tasking its AMG division to develop an AMG version of the MLC, which would have around 550 horsepower torquing its all-wheel drivetrain. That doesn’t mean though that the MLC won’t be available with more fuel-efficient powerplants such as its frugal diesels.
Despite the paucity of information, the MLC could hit showrooms as a 2014 entry, with manufacturing located at its Alabama plant. Pricing would be in the region of $85,000.