Off-Roading and Soft-Roading: Mercedes-Benz Future SUVs and Crossovers

We've been bringing you the latest in Mercedes-Benz product news, and what to expect from the company in the future, over the last few days and here's the last of it. This is what to expect from Mercedes' crossovers and SUVs in the next few years:

GLK-Class: The smallest crossover in Mercedes' lineup was introduced as a 2009 model and will get a facelift in 2012. A diesel version of the crossover could be added at that time as well.

M-Class: Due next year, the new M-Class will feature Mercedes' latest generation of fuel-saving engines. This means we'll see the twin-turbo, 4.6-liter V-8 make its way into the ML, as well as the twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 in the ML63 AMG. The base engine will be Mercedes' upcoming normally aspirated, direct-injected, 3.5-liter V-6 with 306 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. There will also be a diesel V-6 available for all 50 states.

R-Class: Mercedes introduced the refreshed 2011 model in July this year, with styling changes to make it look more like an SUV. Sales have been rather lackluster, causing Mercedes to debate the fate of the R-Class. We might not see a second-generation of the vehicle.

GL-Class: Mercedes' largest SUV is set to be redesigned in 2013.

G-Class: The Geländewagen has remained virtually untouched for thirty-odd years, receiving powertrain and interior updates as necessary. It will continue on for an unspecified amount of time (maybe another thirty years?) with its current powertrain lineup. The G550 uses Mercedes' normally aspirated, 5.5-liter V-8 with 382-horsepower coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission; the G55 AMG still uses a supercharged, 5.4-liter V-8 producing 500 horsepower.

Sprinter: Previously sold as a Dodge and Freightliner, select Mercedes-Benz dealers now sell the commercial vehicle. A Crew Van, with room for five passengers, will be added this fall, and a MiniBus Van with room for up to 16 will be added in early 2011.

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