Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 launched with ML350 model
Mercedes-Benz will launch their redesigned 2012 M-Class at the end of this summer, with three engine choices, two diesel and only one petrol. The M-Class will be initially offered in ML250 Bluetec, ML350 Bluetec and ML350 BlueEfficiency variants, with hybrid and AMG versions coming later.
The ML250 will be powered by a 204 hp 2.1-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder with 500 Nm of torque, while the ML350 Bluetec comes with a 258 hp 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 with 619 Nm of torque. The petrol version is the ML350 BlueEfficiency, and it has a direct-injected 306 hp 3.5-litre V6 with 370 Nm of torque, good for 0-100 kph in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 234 kph. All three engines will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.
The 2012 M-Class shares its platform with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it cannot match its cheaper cousin’s offroad abilities. An optional self-leveling Airmatic suspension with selective damping will be available, as is a new “On&Offroad” package that offers six different transmission modes to match driving conditions, but there is no low-range gearing. Wheel sizes range between 17-inch to 20-inch, with optional 21-inch AMG wheels available as well.
The overly-tall ML crossover SUV also gets a new interior, an updated COMAND infotainment system with Internet access, and several trim choices, but the rumoured third-row seating did not materialise. Available tech options include Intelligent Light System, Night View Assist Plus with automatic person recognition, Speed Limit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Active Park Assist, reverse camera and autonomous braking. Safety features include stability control, nine airbags, Attention Assist drowsiness detection, PreSafe pre-collision protection, tyre-pressure monitor, adaptive brake lights and electronic brake assist.
Expect the 2012 M-Class to reach UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC markets by the start of winter this year.
Keep track of updates in the Mercedes-Benz M-Class buyer guide.