A prototype of next year's Mercedes-Benz MLC / ML Coupe has been spied while undergoing testing on the Nordschleife in Germany.

A prototype of next year's Mercedes-Benz MLC / ML Coupe has been spied while undergoing testing on the Nordschleife in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz's belated answer to the BMW X6 is continuing 'Ring testing ahead of a market launch allegedly set for the third quarter of 2015. The model was already previewed by the Concept Coupe SUV but the production version is expected to carry the ML Coupe (or MLC) moniker. It will ride on the same platform as the regular ML from where it will source the engine lineup all the way up to the V8 5.5-liter twin-turbo motor in the AMG version which has already been caught on camera.

Previous spy shots have shown it will have a rather small trunk and limited rear headroom as a result of the sloping roofline which clearly mimics the BMW X6's shape. Codenamed C292, the model will be built in United States at Mercedes-Benz's Tuscaloosa, Alabama where they also make the C-Class, GL, ML and R-Class (for China). As you would expect, the ML Coupe will be more expensive than the equivalent ML, a model which will soon get a mid-cycle facelift for the 2016 model year.

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