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If there's one thing the world needs, it's another BMW X6, right? Mercedes-Benz seems to think so – after all, this isn't the first time we've heard rumblings about a four-door coupe-crossover from the German automaker. Now, Automotive News reports that the new X6 rival will be built at Mercedes' Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant.

Makes sense to us. The swoopy new crossover – speculated to be dubbed 'GLS' – is understood to be based on the redesigned 2012 M-Class, which is also being built at the Tuscaloosa facility. Sources within Mercedes-Benz have told Automotive News that the new crossover will likely start production around 2015.

This announcement of the new M-Class variant's production plans is part of a larger $2 million investment in the Tuscaloosa facility. In addition to the new M-Class, Mercedes-Benz has said that the C-, R- and GL-Class vehicles will also be produced in Alabama.


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      Jake
      • 4 Years Ago
      "four-door coupe-crossover" I guess none of those terms means anything anymore? How about a 5-door coupe shooting break roadster sedan SUV?
      Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez, while you're at it, why not make a convertible M? Some idiot will buy it. Does it feel like the German luxury marques are losing their way to anyone else?
        BG
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Austin
        Someone already made one: the Murano cabriolet.
      QAZZY
      • 4 Years Ago
      ZDX, X6, and an upcoming Q6 and MLS(?). No more pseudo-SUV/coupes please! Crossovers are pretty useless themselves, but lopping off the roof, and the cargo capacity makes them completely useless. I want wagons to make a comeback. A four-door coupe C-Class and E-Class would be nice though.
      Paul P.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd rather have a true two-door M-class coupe than an X6 competitor. At least that would be somewhat interesting. Otherwise, it's just another 4-door CUV, of which the market is already thoroughly saturated.
      ACSRHS
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh great... I'm going to laugh if BMW stops building the X6. Which I hope they do.
      Andre Neves
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why? Do people really want this? Are these manufacturers really running out of ideas or something. I'm guessing this will be as successful as the 5 Series GT from BMW and their X6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
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          BG
          • 4 Years Ago
          Where (besides the former Soviet republics)?
      PeterK
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't want to see another SUV like the X6 :( By the way, didn't the X6 sales drop dramatically during the 2008/2009 crisis?
      JaredN
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mommy, please make it stop!
      johnmacintosh23
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do they keep building the M Class in the dirty south it should be built in Germany.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @johnmacintosh23
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      darkness
      • 4 Years Ago
      The south will rise again!!! (ahole rebel flag here)
      Allen Aventador
      • 4 Years Ago
      i got excited thinking it was going to be a two door version of the M-Class. only it turns out its another X6 rival :(
      • 4 Years Ago
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