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Mike Stevens | May, 01 2014 | 1 Comment

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly considering a wider range of coupe-styled SUVs, inspired by the Concept Coupe SUV revealed this month.

That concept is expected to enter production in the coming year as the ‘MLC’, entering the Mercedes line-up alongside the current M-Class ‘ML’ SUV range.

A new report with industry paper Automotive News suggests that more models in that theme could follow, splitting the company’s SUV range into two lines: practicality and sports.

The report says that Mercedes-Benz R&D chief Thomas Weber has hinted that a second coupe-like model could join the new GLA compact SUV that launched this month.

Such a model would give Mercedes a leg-up on BMW: while the MLC will take on the hugely popular X6, the GLA-rivalling X1 crossover currently has no ‘coupe-like’ sibling.

As for BMW’s coming X4 - a companion to the midsized X3 SUV - it is believed that the next-generation Mercedes GLK will come with a sportier stablemate.

Mercedes and BMW won’t be alone in the sporting SUV game: Land Rover already offers the Evoque, Porsche has launched its new Macan, and Audi is expected to launch a production version of the recent TT Offroad concept in the near future.

Now… who’s next?

 
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