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by Brett Davis

Production of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC sports utility vehicle will take place at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Alabama, USA, as part of a $350 million expansion investment of the plant.

The new plant, located in Tuscaloosa, will build the all-new Mercedes-Benz MLC which was rumoured in the past as a possible BMW X6 rival. Daimler has now confirmed the vehicle will exist and that it will take on the same segment as the BMW X6.

Up to 400 new jobs will be created at the plant thanks to the expansion, a plant which currently assembles vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, R-Class and the GL-Class that uses the same platform.

Mercedes-Benz is yet to reveal details about the new Mercedes-Benz MLC coupe, but it’s understood it will be heavily based on the M-Class SUV, sharing similar engine and trim level packages, as well as similar in-car equipment and features.

Dailmer CEO Dieter Zetsche has said that the investment in the plant will not just allow for the production of the new MLC, but also nine other all-new models which are being planned for release over the next four years. One of the models could include the new C-Class CLC four-door coupe.

Production for the Mercedes-Benz MLC is set to commence in 2015.




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