Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover has been rumoring to join the production line-up. This could be meaning one thing: the arrival of the new contender on the crossover world. We might have to thank BMW for enlarging the market for crossover vehicles that don’t really work off-road but offer the luxury normally expected from saloons, as the success of its BMW X6 might spur Mercedes-Benz to create something that blends practicality and style in a package with the same rakish lines.
According to our contributor, the all new Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover, and (as the name suggests) it will take the lines of the CLS four-door into the world of crossover vehicles. The BMW X6 rival will arrive in 2014, featuring a four-seat interior arrangement and underpinned by the same platform as the new Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse.
“After closely monitoring sales trends, we’ve concluded there is potential for an additional off-road model with a more sporting emphasis than the new Mercedes-Benz M-class,” an insider revealed last week.
With 120,000 BMW X6 units sold across the world since its debut in 2009, it’s no wonder that wants to get in on the action, but by the time the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover reaches the market, Audi and Land Rover might also have introduced such crossover to their lineup.
Details are limited at the moment, but the engine range for the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could include the 306 hp 3.5-liter V6 and 435 hp 4.8-liter V8 petrols. In the diesel department, Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could introduce its 258 hp 3.0-liter diesel and even a hybrid oil-burner, based on the E300 diesel-electric that is scheduled to be unveiled in Frankfurt in September. It’s also hard to believe that the German carmaker will refrain from creating a 5.5-liter AMG monster alongside with the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover.