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Mercedes-Benz MLC AMG prototype spotted in France

A prototype version of the Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class has been spotted once again, along with a quick glimpse of some AMG options. The SUV was seen en route in Paris.

Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class AMG

For those who haven’t heard of the MLC-Class, it will be the German brand’s answer to the BMW X6. It’ll be based on the existing ML-Class only with a sloping roofline towards the rear to give it the fashionable four-door coupe layout.

We’ve already got a bit of an idea on what the new model will look like via a concept version which was unveiled earlier this year. As you can see in this image, first sent into Autoplus.fr, the big Merc will showcase a large single-tier front grille and badge design, big bulbous headlights, and a unique hatch tailgate at the back.

Judging by a few details, such as the large multi-spoke alloy wheels, we could be looking an example dressed in AMG accessories. A full AMG model is set to join the lineup too, with power likely to be carried over from the ML 63 AMG, which features a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 386kW.

Other variants will also make up the range, including more entry-focused turbo-diesel options and mid-spec turbo-petrol models, probably carried across from the ML as well.

According to reports Mercedes-Benz may introduce the MLC to the market later next year. A full public debut may take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.