After already spotting the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz MLC out in the wild in both standard and high-powered MLC63 AMG guises, our spy shooters have managed to take shots of the luxury crossover’s interior. Spied almost completely without camouflage, the MLC looks to fall in line with many of the recent trends in Mercedes-Benz interiors.
Much of the cabin looks to be clad in soft-touch leather, with particular attention paid to vented seating surfaces and detailed stitching on the center console. On the center tunnel we notice the same Comand infotainment touchpad controller and knob, which operates the center-mounted screen that's integrated between two air vents. The screen still stands up from the dashboard like it does in the Mercedes-Benz C- and CLA-Class. Below there appear to be knob-and-button controls for the radio and climate control, to supplement the touchscreen system.
We can also see a fair bit of aluminum and chrome-colored detailing, notably on the steering wheel’s lower spoke, around the instrument cluster, on the glove box latch, and on the passenger’s side dash panel. Overall, nothing in the interior is much of a surprise compared to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class on which the MLC is based.
On the outside, the Mercedes-Benz MLC plainly resembles the BMW X6 in shape, although we expect sleeker and more luxurious styling than the X6’s sporty appearance. Mercedes-Benz has made no attempt to disguise the MLC as a capable off-roader, and plans to introduce the coupe-shaped crossover as an example of future “on-road” Mercedes SUVs. In this round of spy images we have a slighter better look at the front lower air intakes, but the rest of the vehicle remains camouflaged.
We expect the MLC, likely as a 2016 model, to get the M-Class’ current lineup of V-6 and V-8 engines when production begins in Alabama probably sometime next year.