2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 - U.S. spec
Mercedes-Benz may soon have a direct rival to the BMW X6 coupe-crossover with news surfacing today that the automaker from Stuttgart is planning its own four-seat crossover based on the recently revealed 2012 M-Class.
The information was reported by Autocar citing inside sources at Mercedes-Benz. They claim that a new ‘GLS’ crossover sharing the same unibody platform as the new M-Class will be launched in 2014.
It will reportedly draw influences from the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class but the key feature will be a coupe profile similar to the one on the X6.
Competition in this segment is expected to be rife in the next couple of years with Audi also rumored to be planning its own version, a vehicle already being called the Q6. Additionally, Porsche’s new Cajun crossover, which may also come in a sporty three-door bodystyle, is expected to drop in 2014 as well.
If built, the Mercedes-Benz GLS will be targeted primarily at the U.S. market and feature the same engine lineup as the M-Class. An AMG version with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 is almost certain, as is a diesel-electric hybrid version.