Just days ago, we showed you the new Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV – a swoopy crossover aimed squarely at the BMW X6. We sort of figured from the get-go that this thing had serious production intent, and lo, our trusty spy photographers have just caught this prototype of the slick Benz, likely to be named MLC, out on the road.

Even under heavy camouflage, it's easy to see that the shape of the MLC – including specific elements like the front fascia design and S-Class Coupe-inspired taillamps – have carried over from the concept. Good stuff – despite our tendency to roll our eyes at this whole crossover-coupe class, we can't argue that the Mercedes concept is a pretty handsome creation.

Based on the M-Class, our spies suggest that when the MLC goes into production, it'll use the same suite of engines as its more traditional-looking sibling, including a 3.5-liter V6, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6. Of course, the concept car was fitted with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, so there's also a good chance of seeing that in the production car, as well. We wouldn't rule out a hotter AMG-tuned version, either, with that burly 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 underhood.

Based on just how far along in development the MLC seems to be, we don't think it'll be too long before the production car makes its debut. Our best guess: early 2015. Have a look through the gallery above to see more of the MLC prototype.


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      Nick
      • 8 Months Ago
      In a battle of the stupidest car ever, the only winner is no one.
      oc_surf_serf
      • 8 Months Ago
      A few years ago there was a gas station on every corner with 4 different brands to choose and those were replaced by a rash o Walgreens and CVSs popping up on every corner only now to be replaced with a Chase bank on every corner. Its called gaining territory even at an initial loss. One of the four "won" that corner and has the repeat business. There seems to be an automotive equivalent happening, especially now in the German luxury market: BMW has gotten so huge and so fast with a stake in every sized sedan and sedan-based thing it seems they have a store on every corner with Mercedes still trying to keep up. Someone is going to break their bank soon.
      psarquis
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't get this niche. People buy SUVs for the room and practicality. This is coupe-like form factor that decreases the functionality and doesn't really add to the aesthetics. Am I missing something? Don't even get me started on the new X4. It's nonsense.
      ycnexu
      • 8 Months Ago
      To compare X6 to X5, and this car to ML is to completely miss the point. They're competing not so much with family SUVs, but perhaps more with coupes for individuals. In Russia no one wealthy enough buys a 911, because: a) it's too low and delicate for our poor roads b) it doesn't have presense or look intimidating, so Lada's don't get out of the way c) we have no winding roads to exploit any handling advantages anyway By the way, I have a problem with posting comments on Autoblog - displays an error on the first try
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Gawd, I wish this stupid trend would hurry up and die so these abominations can be eradicated.
      chrismcfreely
      • 8 Months Ago
      It looks like a murano crosscab with a rtrctbl hardtop.
      Making11s
      • 8 Months Ago
      That body stayle is spreading through the industry like an STD. Vile.
      leo
      • 8 Months Ago
      i still say none have come close to reproduce the original ... Infiniti FX
      interruptive_cow
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well...this will make it easier to spot people with a big bank account, a tiny penis, and no taste.
        ycnexu
        • 8 Months Ago
        @interruptive_cow
        This tiny penis speculation (I suppose you didn't check) is a bit old and trite, isn't it?
      flychinook
      • 8 Months Ago
      New from Mercedes Benz... the 2015 AMC Eagle!
      ChaosphereIX
      • 8 Months Ago
      why? nobody wants these. Impractical SUV, tall and heavy sports car, incapable off-roader, ugly stylish vehicle...am I missing something? Germany, take a hike with this idea. A vehicle made out of pure marketing magic dust, no substance at all.
      Eta Carinae
      • 8 Months Ago
      Taking bets....how long before the germans start using "4 door SUV coupe" My bet 4 hours from now...
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