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Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV Previews Automaker’s BMW X6 Rival

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Mercedes-Benz has given us our first look at a new crossover with coupe-like styling that it plans to launch in 2015 as a rival to the BMW X6. That first look comes via a new concept, which will make its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20.

The concept’s profile looks very similar to that of the X6, although there’s no mistaking the look of the front for anything but that of a Mercedes. The grille, intakes and flanks all feature contemporary Mercedes themes, while the off-road characteristics such as the skid plates and side rails look like they’ve been inspired by Mercedes’s Ener-G-Force concept from 2012.

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The production version of the concept has already started testing on public roads, but is still in the test mule stage. Tipped to be called an MLC, the new model will share a platform with the M-Class SUV and be produced alongside it at Mercedes’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The MLC will be targeted primarily at customers in China and the U.S., and will most likely feature the same engine lineup as found in the M-Class. An AMG version complete with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 should also be launched, along with a possible hybrid model.

Full details on the new concept will be revealed soon, so stay tuned for an update.

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