Mercedes tests new concept SUV on UK roads

Pictures have recently emerged on the internet of an interesting new development in the story of the Mercedes Concept SUV Coupe, which has been seen travelling around the UK to get a feel for what the production model will have to cope with on British roads.

When the car eventually gets into the showrooms, it will be competing against some pretty stiff competition in the form of the highly-regarded BMW X6; therefore, Mercedes-Benz wants to get it right before it enters the luxury SUV marketplace.

The launch will take place next year and what Mercedes is essentially offering is a smoother and sportier variation of the next ML 4x4, which was on display earlier this year at the Beijing Motor Show.

The German luxury car maker said at the time that the concept was pointing the way ahead for its production vehicles of the future.  Although the model in the spy shots was heavily camouflaged, the same well-defined features, such as the bluff front-end styling and plunging roofline, could clearly be seen.

Maybe the fact that the company is using British roads is a good sign, as this could mean that its engineers are gearing up the car's suspension to deal with poorly-maintained surfaces.

It is expected that the entry price for the new model will be around £45,000, with the engine range including a 3.00-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol and 350 and 250 BlueTec diesels. The 4Matic four-wheel drive system and a nine-speed automatic gearbox will probably be standard across the range.