The arrival of the Concept Coupe SUV created a nice little conundrum for Mercedes . The strong reception the Concept Coupe SUV received when it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show put Mercedes in a position to expand its SUV lineup. Now, the German automaker is considering doing just that by separating its SUV offerings to include a separate line for "on-road" SUVs.
The Concept Coupe SUV made that possible and it does look like Mercedes is seriously considering creating a line of coupe -styled SUVs that will differ from the ones that have off-road capabilities.
Speaking to Automotive News, Mercedes’ research & development chief Thomas Weber expressed the company’s thoughts of creating a four-door, coupe-styled model that will "appeal to customers who want a sporty-designed vehicle with a high seating position."
By taking this path, Mercedes would have a vehicle that would directly rival the BMW X6 , which seems to have been the whole point of developing the Coupe Concept SUV. The production version of the concept, dubbed the ’MLC-Class ’, is being touted as the company’s first foray into the "on-road" SUV segment, which could also include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact SUV further down the road.
No timetable has been set on when the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV will be launched, but development is expected to commence next year the company’s plant in Alabama.
It’ll be interesting how much of the design of the Concept Coupe SUV will translate to the production version, but one thing we can be sure of is that it will retain its coupe-like design. That is, after all, the whole purpose of creating a separate "on-road" SUV lineup.
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