Like the rest of its German counterparts, Mercedes-Benz seems bent on expanding its crossover SUV portfolio. The R-Class may be driving off into the sunset, along with the two-door Gelandewagen, but Mercedes still offers the M-Class, GLK, GL and G-Class models. The new baby GLA is on its way, but that won't be the last addition to the range.

Car and Driver reports having spoken with two unnamed "high-level executives" at the German automaker who confirmed longstanding rumors of a new Mercedes crossover to target the BMW X6. The model would be based closely on the ML (pictured above) and is expected to carry the largely same engine portfolio - potentially including an AMG version - with the vital difference of a sloping roofline. The rakish roof would make the vehicle more aesthetically appealing but less practical, to emphasize the "sport" and de-emphasize the "utility" elements of the formula.

The idea may seem a bit ill-conceived considering that other models in this expanding niche (like the aforementioned X6, the Acura ZDX and the Infiniti QX70) have, as we just recently reported, been selling in small numbers. But as Car and Driver's sources point out, the development costs for such a model would be relatively low, and crossovers can be marketed in regions around the world. Whether the project proves worthwhile remains to be seen, but one way or another, it looks to be going forward.

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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't there a story on autoblog days ago, about "crossover coupes" not selling well.. u would think MBenz would get that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The rakish roof would make the vehicle more aesthetically appealing" That would be a debatable statement. It's more like, "I want a big heavy vehicle that has less space than it should and I want to pay 10 Gs more for it than the standard version so I can look like I'm driving a coupe." Having two kids and two dogs, I'd rather they go the other way and stop sloping roofs of wagons and SUVs for the name of style. IIRC the Audi A4 Avant had barely more cargo space than the sedan because of the sloping roofline.
      Papi L-Gee
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Knowing the Germans and their classifications, M based slant back crossover coupe could only = a watercraft. Because coupe = 4 door + slant back = convertible and cross over obviously = water>land So it must be tractor
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please no.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see why this is news now. This was confirmed like a year ago. Mercedes clearly stated that a new vehicle would be built at the Bama plant in 2015, in addition to the C-Class. M
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOOOO Mercedes, in case you missed it: We do not want this.
      • 1 Year Ago
      .... because Honda Crossturd looks so good and is selling in such high numbers
      • 1 Year Ago
      X6 is a big seller in Russia, China, and the Middle East.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please, God, make it stop.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gotdamnit Mercedes. I was just so proud of you with the new S class, and now this? Get it together. You can't make a car for everyone and still be an "exclusive luxury car". Either stop with all this nonsense, or start lowering your prices to compete with Toyota.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Page 1: Mercedes developing a crossover coupe. Page 3: Honda/Acura & BMW are sorry they bothered trying to sell theirs.
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