Mercedes-Benz’s X6-Fighter Is Finally Here in the Concept Coupé SUV [2014 Beijing Auto Show]

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupé SUV

For too long Mercedes-Benz has missed out on the niche market of the crossover coupe pioneered by BMW’s X6. Anyone who’s witnessed Benz’s market proliferation knows that such a gap in the brand’s lineup is unacceptable to its brass, so it’s not a surprise to see the Concept Coupé SUV shown before its debut at next week’s Beijing auto show. The show car was introduced at Daimler’s annual shareholder meeting today, and the company says that it “provides a realistic glimpse of a series-production vehicle expected next year, which will boast very dynamic handling.”

Based on the next-generation E-class, the Concept Coupé SUV sits on 22-inch wheels and makes use of Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. “We see a great deal of potential for Mercedes-Benz in the combination of coupe and SUV,” said company CEO Dieter Zetsche. We suspect BMW thought the very same thing—that it saw a lot of potential for itself in this mash-up segment, not for Benz—10 years ago, when the X6 was conceived.

Instrumented Test: 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 RWD / 4MATIC
Instrumented Test: 2010 BMW X6 M
Instrumented Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

The production version of Mercedes’ X6 fighter, believed to be called the MLC-class, will be launched next year. It’s expected that the model will come to market in the U.S. as a 2016 model.

2014 Beijing auto show

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