2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

You might think that the BMW X6 is about as useful as the proverbial screen door on a submarine, what with its high-riding, back-breakingly stiff suspension and sloping roofline that all but eliminates any use of the cargo area or rear seats. But that doesn't seemed to have deterred customers from buying them. Nor has it stopped rivals from copying the format.

Acura was first to follow BMW's lead with the ZDX. Audi is said to be working on a Q6 to fit the same mold. And now Mercedes-Benz is reportedly following suit with its own slope-roofed crossover.

Dubbed the GLS, the crossover would be based on the M-Class, but ditch its five-seat configuration in favor of a four-seat cabin under a slanted roofline. Styling would be akin to the CLS, but riding higher, while engines would likely include V6, V8 and hybrid models, with an twin-turbo V8 AMG model at the top of the range.

This isn't the first time such reports have surfaced. Around this time last year a similar GLC program was said to be in the cards. However the latest reports suggest the GLS could arrive as early as 2014, with production slated for the Tuscalosa, Alabama, plant where the M-Class is currently built.


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      Papi L-Gee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear automakers, NOT EVERYTHING BMW DOES NEEDS TO BE COPIED. Signed, Everyone with taste and sense
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh goody, the answer to the question nobody asked.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any military personnel/government agents/anarchists with an applicable knowledge in sabotage besides me? Killing with fire is no longer creative enough.
      scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sales of the X6, 5 series "GT", Acura ZDX, and Honda Crosstour, have been less than expected. Why does every automaker think that we want a reincarnation of the AMC Eagle?! It wasn't a hit back in the late 70's/early 80's, it won't be a hit now. The irony is that we (in the US) saw the killing off of most wagons because they weren't selling enough, yet these "crossover-coupes, CUV" oxymorons are less profitable than a traditional wagon.
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        One of the best insights I've read recently on Autoblog. I couldn't agree more! Tell me Honda what data in your board meetings is telling you there's no market for an accord wagon, but it's justifiable to have ZDX's and Crosstours collecting dust for months on dealer lots? The truth is the people running these companies aren't idiots, but they do seem a bit myopic. It makes sense that customer data in the US market would tell you people are more interested in "crossovers" than wagons, and that many higher-end shoppers will place style over functionality. The problem is that the results have been these ghastly beings that aren't exactly selling like hotcakes. Just give us the 5-series wagon back, and we'll call it a day?
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        "It wasn't a hit back in the late 70's/early 80's, it won't be a hit now." Wait, that was almost two generations ago. I think suburbanites today, especially poseurs with money, are a lot more stupid today. They really might like the pseudo-coupe crossover.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Minor vocabulary change: The most revolting car in the world just got a new friend.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this segment really that profitable? I don't see that many X6s on the road here in badge conscious So Cal, and even less ZDXs...Sounds like MB is merely blindly reacting to its main competitor.
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        I was in Russia and Central asia. X6s are everywhere.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ak74
          There is no accounting for taste among the nouveau riche.
          Ak74
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ak74
          Ignorant comment. So i this this is the reason why you dont like X6
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      First Acura, then Audi and now Mercedes. Everyone want piece of that cake. I hope people stop complainig about X6 now.
      duffypad
      • 3 Years Ago
      copy of the Ford Explorer
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen a grand total of one X^, and that too in the middle of BMW Land (New Hampshire.)
      Cody Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why, Mercedes? Just when I thought MB wasn't going to go all out on the CUV thing, they do. It's rather sad.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      the c style front is great. the jeep cherokee body is lousy. it's like putting heidi klum's face on a dumpy american broad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
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