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Saturday 10 December 2016
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Auto News: Mercedes X-Class, Mini Countryman Hybrid, Top-Selling SUVs

Auto News: Mercedes X-Class, Mini Countryman Hybrid, Top-Selling SUVs

Say hello to the second-generation Mini Cooper Countryman, Mercedes-Benz shows off its first ever pickup, and the top-selling midsize luxury SUVs in this week’s Auto News in :60.

2017 Mini Countryman

Mini rolled out a bunch of new press photos of its new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman this week. It’s the largest Mini to date. It grows by 8.1-inches and adds 1.3 inches in width.  So we’re talking a roomier cabin, and more legroom in the backseat.


The other big news is the hybrid version. It goes by the rather longer name Cooper S E Countryman All4. The 2017 Countryman lineup will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  

The gas Countryman versions go on sale in March. The hybrid will arrive in June.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class

Mercedes-Benz just took the wraps off its first pickup ever. It’s dubbed the Concept X-Class. And from what we can see, it was worth the wait.

Mercedes showed off two models. One outfitted for off-road use. The other truck was a high-end luxury model in white. It’s wood-trimmed, leather, polished aluminum interior gets our thumbs up.

The truck launches in a bunch of places next year – but for now the U.S. isn’t one of them.

Best-Selling Midsize Luxury SUVs

This week we drill down deeper to look at the best-selling midsize luxury SUVs, one of the hottest segments of the auto industry. Here’s a look at the numbers through September 2016. The Lexus RV has quite a lead over its closest competitor, the Mercedes GLE.

  1. Lexus RX- 76,240
  2. Mercedes GLE- 37,481
  3. Acura MDX- 39,578
  4. BMW X5- 32,818
  5. Infiniti QX60- 31,067
  6. Volvo XC90- 24,229
  7. Lincoln MKX- 22,710
  8. Audi Q7- 21,885
  9. Cadillac SRX-21,786
  10. Cadillac XT5-21,696

Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz