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Mercedes MLC spied testing in Death Valley

August 20, 2014, 03:14 PM IST by Charles Pennefather
Mercedes MLC spied testing in Death Valley

The MLC is Mercedes' answer to the BMW X6, and it has been caught undergoing the 'hot and dry' cycle of testing in Death Valley, California. Accompanied by an M-Class, the test vehicles were camouflaged but a few things still can be deduced.

           

The test mule echoes the Concept Coupe SUV from the Beijing Auto Show, and features LED headlamps as well as tail-lamps. The former seems to be in the same vein as the S-Class, rather than an all-LED array like the Audi A8. The pictures also show two different test mules, one with 'ordinary' ten-spoke alloy wheels of a standard size, and the second with the star-shaped five-spoke alloys that AMG has made so popular. The AMG package makes it look vaguely Tonka truck-ish but that also means that it appeals to the little boy within all of us.

            

The MLC is expected to launch with a range of petrol and diesel four and six-cylinder engines mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The four-cylinder models also have a good chance of being fitted with the new single-clutch 9-speed transmission. The MLC will have an AMG package at launch, we're sure, but a true AMG car will probably follow a while after the model launch.

Judging by the sales of the BMW X6, there isn't a very big market for the MLC in India, but we expect it to come to our market sometime next year, or in 2016. Besides the stunning silhouette, there will be a host of features to help sell the MLC, including the price, which will not be much more than the current M-Class's, at Rs 70-80 lakh, ex-showroom.

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