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Mercedes-Benz Working On BMW X6 Rivaling GLS Crossover: Report

 
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2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 - U.S. spec

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.

[Autocar]

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  1. A diesel-hybrid version? I am pleasantly intrigued.
     
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  2. Car-makers must see potential in this market. I thought both BMW and Acura were finding it quite difficult selling these "Near-UV's" because of crapped rear-seat room, and virtually zero cargo space.

    I personally find this market alluring because for the no-children folks who want sport, unique style, and soft-road ability, it's worth it.

    Now they'll have competition from Audi, Mercedes, and Land Rover to boot. I'm anxious to see the GLS. Isn't the X6 due for a facelift relatively soon?
     
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  3. Everyone coming out with their version of the X6, does put the pressure on BMW to improve it.
     
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