Mercedes MLC Class To Challange BMW X6


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Mercedes-Benz is set to extend its line-up of dedicated SUVs with a new BMW X6-rivalling model called the GLS, according to highly placed sources at the German car maker. Scheduled for launch in 2014, the new four-seat SUV has been conceived around the same new unibody platform that underpins the third-generation M-class.

“After closely monitoring sales trends, we’ve concluded there is potential for an additional off-road model with a more sporting emphasis than the new M-class,” an insider revealed last week. Part of a new wave of models due in the next five years; the GLS will forgo the practicality of the five-seat M-class for a more sporting four-seat interior, with a racier roofline and styling cues from the CLS saloon. The obvious competitor is the BMW X6, which has been a surprise success with 120,000 sold worldwide since 2009, but it will also face competition in the shape of a new Audi Q6, planned for 2016. And a new Range Rover Sport will be on sale in 2013. Further details are scarce, but powertrains should include turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 and 4.6-litre V8 petrol, plus a 3.0-litre V6 diesel motors. Also planned is a diesel-electric hybrid that will share components with an E300 Hybrid that is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September. Crowning the new line-up will be a BMW X6 M-rivaling model from AMG with a turbocharged 5.5-litre V8. Assembly will be alongside the M-class at the company’s North American factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Source: Autocar India
 
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Re: Mercedes Plans BMW X6 Rival

i am surprised it took Merc so long to come up with a rival. Hope it turns out to be a good one.
 

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Re: Mercedes Plans BMW X6 Rival

Late, but not very late. As a brand, while BMW is considered as exclusive but Mercedes Benz is still ahead and most preferred. Rightly said, with much more features, catchy design and an aggressive design, Merc can easily takeover the X6. The better brand image advantage they get would just come as a bonus.

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Re: Mercedes Plans BMW X6 Rival

The guys at Mercedes seem have realised the need for a more aggressive styling package. Its seen in the new E-Class even, and I'm not talking about one with an AMG kit.

With such developments from Merc, they should be able to tackle the X6 soon.
And yeah, the image of the brand is still strong, I'm sure that this new GLS would be quite the SUV!
 

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Re: Mercedes Plans BMW X6 Rival

Mercedes has put up the banners of this suspense car (namely MLC Class) which reads “Introducing newest member to our family. Start of production: 2015.” This wait is rather going to be long. Huh?

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