Mercedes-Benz is working on a new crossover with coupe-like styling
that will enter production next year at the automaker’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The vehicle, which is likely to be called an M-Class Coupe
, although the name MLC has also been making headlines, will target the likes of the BMW X6 when it finally lands in showrooms in the fall of next year. We now have spy shots of a prototype for the new crossover’s high-performance AMG variant, which will target the X6 M and likely be badged an ML63 AMG Coupe.
The prototype features the aggressive styling that AMG is adopting for its entire range, with the signature elements being an aggressive set of intakes in the front bumper, an A-wing front splitter, and quad exhaust tips with an angular design. The Concept Coupe SUV
unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show back in April hints at the styling of the new vehicle.
As its expected ML63 AMG Coupe name suggests, the new crossover will be closely linked with the existing ML63 AMG SUV. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine displacing 5.5 liters, although a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 currently in the works at AMG’s Affalterbach headquarters may make the cut instead. The new engine debuts in the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car
and will eventually appear in regular AMG models starting with the next C63 AMG
Expect output of the ML63 AMG Coupe, whatever engine it's packing, to match or even exceed the 550 horsepower of the ML63 AMG. Drive, meanwhile, will go to all four wheels via a rear-biased 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. In addition to BMW’s X6 M, the new ML63 AMG Coupe should also prove a threat to high-end Porsche Cayenne variants as well as the upcoming Range Rover R-S
from Land Rover given these specs.
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