Mercedes-Benz is set to extend its line-up of dedicated SUVs with a new BMW X6-rivalling model called the GLS, according to highly placed sources at the German car maker.
The Brits from Autocar say that Mercedes is planning a new line of dedicated SUVs which will compete against the BMW’s well selling X6.
According to the same source, this new model will be called the Mercedes GLS, and will enter the market in around 3 years. The GLS will be based on the new M Class, but will represent of sportier iteration of the newly introduced SUV.
Apart from a sportier interior, the Mercedes GLS will also feature an CLS inspired roofline, and in terms of motorisation, the car is likely to be offered with the company’s 3.5-litre turbo V6, the new 4.6-litre V8 petrol units and the 3.0-litre V6.
A performance version Mercedes GLS AMG rivaling the X6M is also expected, an in this case power will be extracted from AMG’s 5.5-litre V8. Production for this future SUV will take place at the Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama, the same plant where the new M Class is being assembled.

Source: Autocar