Mercedes-Benz today unveiled its latest concept vehicle, the Concept Coupe SUV, at the Beijing motor show.

Likely to go into production as the MLC, the Concept Coupe SUV is Mercedes’ rival to the BMX X6.

Combining the high-riding characteristics of an SUV with the styling of a coupe, the Concept Coupe SUV is almost five metres in length and 1.75 metres tall, making it slightly larger than the X6.

The design features flared wheel-arches, 22-inch alloy wheels, a high belt-line, and frameless doors, to accentuate its coupe-like styling.

There are some neat details, particularly in the lighting, with LED Multibeam headlights, illuminated side sills, and direction indicators that feature elements that light up sequentially to indicate the change of direction.  Following the design of the S-Class Coupe, the rear lights consists of a slim band of ruby-like elements.

The concept is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that develops 333hp and 480Nm of torque, driving all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic permanent four-wheel-drive.

The transmission features four modes under a Dynamic Select Control system, with settings for Comfort, Slippery, Sport, and Sport+ plus a further Individual mode that allows the driver to customise their settings.

Suspension is via double wishbone at the front, multi-link at the rear, and with Mercedes’ Active Curve System that leans the car into corners to help reduce unwanted body roll.

Technical data

Body type/constructionFour-door, four-seater coupé study, frameless side windows
EngineV6, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement2996 cc
Rated output245 kW (333 hp) at 5500 rpm
Rated torque480 Nm at 1400- 4000 rpm
Mixture formationElectronic direct petrol injection, piezo injectors, 2 turbochargers
Transmission9G-TRONIC PLUS nine-speed automatic transmission with torque converter lock-up, twin-turbine damper with centrifugal pendulum and DIRECT SELECT gearshift, ECO start/stop
Drive4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, ASR, ESP®, 4ETS,
Chassis and suspensionDouble wishbone at the front, multi-link at the rear, special air suspension with selective damping, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM active roll stabilisation
Braking systemHigh-performance ceramic composite brake system, electric (parking brake, ABS, BAS PLUS PRE-SAFE© Brake
SteeringElectromechanical power steering
Wheelbase2916 mm
Track, front/rear1683 / 1768 mm
Wheel/tyre size front/rear10J x 22 305/45 R 22 / 11J x 22 305/45 R 22
length4935 mm
Width with/without mirrors2208 / 2044 mm
Height1739 mm