BEIJING -- Mercedes-Benz may set up separate model lines for its crossovers -- one for those with mainly carlike characteristics and one aimed at customers who want off-road capability.
The split would occur after Mercedes launches a production version of the Concept Coupe SUV that debuted last month at the Beijing auto show.
The concept previews a rival to the BMW X6 that is to be built at Mercedes' plant in Vance, Ala., starting next year.
"The Concept Coupe SUV previews a four-door, coupe-styled model that will appeal to customers who want a sporty designed vehicle with a high seating position," said Thomas Weber, Mercedes-Benz's r&d chief.
The production version of the concept could be part of a new line of "on-road" crossovers that also could include a coupe-styled version of the GLA compact crossover, he said.
Mercedes began selling the GLA in Europe in March. The vehicle is due in U.S. showrooms in September.
Weber declined to disclose the launch date of the production version of the Concept Coupe SUV or its production name, which media reports have said will be the MLC.