Mercedes-Benz building a crossover competitor for BMW X6

Rumors | July 1st, 2010 by 7
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According to the German magazine Auto Zeitung, Stuttgart-based automaker, Mercedes-Benz is working on a new model aimed at the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe.

The coupe-crossover dubbed GLC is due to launch sometimes in 2014.

The GLC won’t be a high-end model but rather a stylish and relatively affordable coupe-crossover based on the same compact car platform that will underpin the next-generation B-Class. While not confirmed, the assumptions are that the GLC will likely employ a transversely-mounted four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels in standard form. An all-wheel drive system will most likely be offered as well.

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Details are scarce at the moment, but a possible engine could include the 1.8 liter four-cylinder outputting 204 horsepower, as well as the more powerful turbodiesel, 2.2 liter with 250 ponnies.

The idea behind the Mercedes-Benz GLC is to offer a smaller car than its competitors, avoiding the competition in the crossover segment with a smaller niche product. In the past, there have also been rumors around BMW’s plans to build a smaller Sports Activity Coupe, X4 that will be positioned below the X6.

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Range Rover will also launch a similar product next year when the LRX is due to be unveiled.

[Source: Auto Zeitung via MotorAuthority ]

7 responses to “Mercedes-Benz building a crossover competitor for BMW X6”

  1. bob says:

    M-B’s B Class and BMW’s E71 are in two different market segments.

  2. Laszlo says:

    yes, the B-Class is a small car. If the GLC will be based on that it will be very small. It should be based on the excellent C-class platform. Or use the GLK platform and design a different chassis.

    And people stop calling these 4 door hatchbacks a COUPE as They are not !!! I repeat NOT a COUPE !!! They are 4 door hatchbacks and the X6 is a 4 door hatchback SUV.

    there you have it…

  3. viper says:

    this is old news….where are the news about 5er with M package?….the car almost looks good. horrible without M pack.

  4. Woo Hoo says:

    Funny… X6, useless, irrelevant…

    Yet the other brands are starting to copy it! LOL

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