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Trevor Collett | Oct, 11 2013 | 2 Comments

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly signed off on a new coupe-styled SUV to directly rival the BMW X6.

Speaking with Car And Driver, two unnamed yet “high-level” Mercedes-Benz executives have reportedly given the M-Class based X6 rival the green light.

In justifying the decision, one of the executives reportedly said the three-pointed star believes there will be sufficient demand for the crossover, particularly from US and Chinese markets.

The executive is also said to have pointed out that styling a ‘low-back’ SUV on the M-Class platform would be inexpensive while still delivering strong sales profits.

Currently, the M-Class offers four- and six-cylinder BlueTec diesel engines, a BlueEfficiency V6 petrol along with 4.7 litre V8 petrol engines in Australia; all fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing for the M-Class in Australia kicks off at $82,900 plus on-roads for the ML 250 while the ML 500 starts at $120,400 and the range-topping ML 63 costs $179,400 plus on-roads.

In comparison, the BMW X6 XDrive30d is priced from $111,045 plus on-roads, rounding out at $191,045 plus on-roads for the X6 M.

Last month in the large SUV market over $70,000, BMW sold just 23 of its X6 models in Australia compared with its own class-leading X5, which managed 437 sales.

Mercedes-Benz, however, managed a healthy 391 sales of its M-Class variants.

So while potential pricing and engine options remain unclear, there is every chance that a future BMW X6 rivalling M-Class may be carefully considered for the Australian market, if it was built in right-hand-drive.

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