Mercedes might divide its line of utility vehicles in the future to be more clearly geared toward drivers with off-road needs and customers planning to stay on pavement.
During the Beijing Auto Show earlier this month, the brand unveiled its Concept Coupe SUV, which will compete directly with the BMW X6. The Concept Coupe isn’t designed to be a particularly off-road capable crossover.
Mercedes R & D boss Thomas Weber told Automotive News that the production version of the Concept Coupe could end up being part of an on-road focused line of utility vehicles for the brand. A coupe-styled version of the new GLA-Class could also join that product line. That vehicle will arrive in U.S. showrooms this September and is already available in Europe.
BMW started the coupe-styled crossover craze with its X6 and is about to follow up on that with the X4, which is mechanically the same as the X3. Rumors suggest that BMW is plotting an X2 that would complete the pattern of coupe-styled variants on its crossovers.
German manufacturers are jumping at the chance to charge premiums for more fashion-forward versions of already-existing models. It took Mercedes over six years to answer BMW’s successful X6, so don’t be surprised if Mercedes is quick to follow up on its first coupe-style crossover with more models.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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