Mercedes-Benz Plans To Rival X6 With GLS

According to several highly placed sources at Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker plans to extend its current line-up of SUV's with another member of its growing family. The goal is to build a rival to the BMW X6. Supposedly called the GLS, it's set to hit the market sometime in 2014 and will ditch the practicality of the five-seat M-Class for a sportier four-seater with a race-like roofline that's similar to the CLS.

Although there are no specific details, we are likely to see a variety of engines including a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6, 3.0-liter V6 diesel and a 4.6-liter V8. Also a possibility is a diesel-electric hybrid that would share elements with the E300 Hybrid. That car is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Mercedes would like to surpass sales of the highly successful BMW X6, which has sold 120,000 units worldwide since 2009. Other competitors would include the new 2013 Range Rover Sport and a planned Audi Q6 that won't be launched until 2016.

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