Mercedes' X6 rival previewed by SUV concept

  • Concept Coupe SUV will be unveiled in Beijing
  • Show car is roughly the same size as BMW X6
  • Tipped to preview MLC production car due in 2015
Words By Ed Callow

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This is the Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV, revealed in a single image at this week’s shareholders’ meeting of parent company Daimler AG.

The Concept Coupe SUV is roughly the same size as a BMW X6, and previews a production model that’s due in 2015. This is likely be based on the chassis of the current M-Class SUV, and is tipped to be called the MLC.

A coupe version of the M-Class would likely share the same range of engines, meaning Bluetec diesels and high-performance petrol AMG variants will be on the cards. Every version should get four-wheel drive, although we expect the M-Class’s chassis will be tweaked to give a sportier set-up. The announcement from Mercedes promises that the 2015 model will have β€˜very dynamic handling’.

Daimler AG board chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche hinted that the study could lead the way for other SUV crossovers. He said: β€˜We see a great deal of potential for Mercedes-Benz in the combination of coupΓ© and SUV.’

The Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV will be unveiled at the Beijing motor show later this month.