Mercedes-Benz is planning a new M-Class coupe variant to rival the BMW X6.

According a report by Automotive News Europe, the German automaker will produce the model, which will carry the name MLC, at its U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the M-Class (ML-Class in North America) range is built.

The model has been given an internal code name, C166, and is scheduled to make it to production by 2015.

Last week, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler announced a $2 billion investment in production for the Tuscaloosa plant. The plant is where Mercedes-Benz builds the M-, R- and GL-Class vehicles.

The BMW X6 has been a very successful variant of the X5 SUV model. BMW sold 102,178 units of the X5 in 2010, along with another 46,404 units of the X6 for the same period.

Editor's note: The sketches published here are of the 2012 M-Class.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz planning MLC to rival BMW X6

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