Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of pics with the Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe (aka MLC).

Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of pics with the Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe (aka MLC).

The ML has been the sole member of the M-Class since 1997 but next year it will be joined by this ML Coupe which was previewed by Mercedes-Benz in April at the Beijing Motor Show with the Concept Coupe SUV. Far from being a true coupe, the ML Coupe / MLC will be Daimler's answer to the BMW X6 and will compete with the Bavarian product on all fronts as there will also be an AMG version to tackle the X6 M.

Seen here is a prototype wearing slightly less camouflage which gives us the chance to take a closer look at the rather bulky rear end, a problem which BMW corrected to some extent with the second-gen X6.

The half crossover / half coupe will ride on the ML's platform so it will carry over just about the same engines, including the twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter rated at 525 PS (386 kW) and 699 Nm (516 lb-ft) which will power the ML 63 AMG Coupe.

Expect the standard model to be showcased in January 2015 at NAIAS in Detroit with sales to commence in the third quarter of the year, followed a few months later by the AMG derivative.

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Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe spied with slightly less camouflage