Mercedes-Benz will, in fact, be taking aim at the BMW X6 with its own sporty crossover, two high-level executives have told us, confirming longstanding rumors.
As BMW did by spinning off the X6 from the X5, the as-yet-unnamed Mercedes will look like a squashed sleeker version of its traditionally proportioned counterpart, the M-class. Running gear should be virtually unchanged from the ML, with the new crossover offering a choice of six- and eight-cylinder gasoline engines in the U.S. and an AMG model at the top of the range. (Totally speculatively, the four-cylinder diesel in the upcoming ML250 BlueTec doesn’t seem like the right candidate for a $60,000 LOOKATME! vehicle.)