Parent company Daimler has announced it will be expanding production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to include a fifth model.

The German automaker will be investing $350 million at the plant and create 400 new jobs for the additional production. The plant is where Mercedes-Benz currently builds the M-, R-, and GL-Class models (the M-Class is called the ML-Class in North America). Mercedes-Benz also has plans to produce the C-Class there starting in 2014.

According to a previous report, the fifth model is the MLC SUV coupe, based on the M-Class, which will be a new vehicle to rival the BMW X6 in the marketplace.

Daimler had already announced an investment of $2 billion to expand production in the Tuscaloosa plant earlier this year. The $350 million dollar investment for the new model is part of that expansion.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz to build MLC-Class SUV at Alabama plant - report

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