Two sources within Mercedes-Benz have told Car & Driver a BMW X6 competitor is in the works.

Two sources within Mercedes-Benz have told Car & Driver a BMW X6 competitor is in the works.

Ever since 2011 we have been hearing rumors about an X6 rival called MLC coming from Mercedes-Benz and now two high-level execs said such a model has been green-lighted for production. It will ride on the ML-Class platform and will be available with an array of six- and eight-cylinder gasoline engines for the U.S. market, while Europe will probably get some diesels as well. As you would imagine, there will also be a range-topping AMG version.

The reasoning behind this decision is to meet an "ample demand", according to one of the sources cited by C&D. In addition, the engineering costs will be low since it will be essentially a ML with a different body style, and as a result the profit margins will be high.

Note: Render not official

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