This is a rendering of the new Mercedes-Benz MLC-class Crossover-coupe concept, the latest entry in the new SUV-coupe-crossover hermaphrodite vehicle trend which was pioneered by the BMW X6, with the Infiniti FX as the “granddaddy” of the genre. This rendering, along with some information about the proposed Benz MLC, is sourced from the German automotive publication Autobild.
According to Autobild, the MLC will be a four-seat vehicle with a rear center console separating the two rear passengers. Luggage space will be severely compromised due to the low roofline, which is already a common problem with competing crossovers such as the BMW X6 and the Infiniti FX. My money, however, says that it will find buyers who care less about having a ton of luggage space and more about having something that stands out and is a little more stylish – which are huge problems with the dowdy Mercedes ML-class. Interior design is as of yet unknown, but is reported to, and expect to, be sporter than the Mercedes M-class.
A 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 with 333 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque will be the base engine as the MLC350 or MLC400. Above it will be a 5.4 liter V8 with around 485 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, available as the MLC550. The AMG63 model will be based off of the same V8, with 544 horsepower and an eye-popping 590 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, expect a 3.0 liter diesel V6 with 265 horsepower and 458 lb-ft of torque to round out the engine choices.
The Benz MLC-class is expected to be build here in America at Benz’s Tuscaloosa plant, alongside its M, R and GL-class brethren. As such, expect sales in the USA to commence at around the same time as they begin in the rest of the world. Currently, that’s reported to be in 2013 as a 2014 model, but it could always change between now and then. If the sportiness, road presence, and driving characteristics prove to be up to snuff, my money is on this being an excellent competitor to the X6 and the FX once it comes onto US soil.
Source: autobild.com via autoten.com