The New Mercedes Benz M-Class | Part Three

Mercedes Benz M Class

Mercedes Benz M-Class

A new era in safety: PRE-SAFE makes its debut in this vehicle class

The Mercedes Benz M-Class also sets the pace for other off-roaders to follow in terms of safety. Its occupant protection system is underpinned by a self-supporting body structure with large deformation zones in the front and rear ends and a wealth of top-class state-of-the-art technology fitted as standard. This includes adaptive two-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger, front sidebags and windowbags, as well as belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all seats. In the event of a rear-end collision, the newly developed NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints provide additional protection for the driver and front passenger.

With the option of adding the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE to the mix, the new Mercedes Off-Roader raises the bar in itS-Class. This multi-award-winning technology provides a reflex response to critical driving situations where an accident threatens to occur, preparing the car and occupants for a collision. PRE-SAFE acts in advance to tighten the driver and front passenger seat belts, bring the fore-and-aft setting and the cushion and backrest angle of the electrically adjustable front passenger seat (optional) into a more favourable position and close the sunroof (optional) if the vehicle is about to overturn.

It is by forming an unparalleled synergy of active and passive safety that PRE-SAFE can prepare car and occupants for a possible impact. The system is based on a link-up with the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Assist and the Electronic Stability Program (ESPÒ ), whose sensors identify dangerous driving manoeuvres. PRE-SAFE uses the data from these sensors to optimise occupant protection before a collision.

The new M-Class also boasts exceptional long-term quality - another Mercedes trademark. Part of the standard specification for the Off-Roader is a new type of paint finish developed on the back of nano-technology, which made its series-production debut in Mercedes Benz vehicles. Offering significantly improved scratch resistance compared to conventional non-metallic or metallic paint finishes, nano-particle clearcoat provides a noticeably enhanced shine. Like all Mercedes passenger cars, the M-Class also comes with the 30-year MobiloLife mobility and value-retention warranty.

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Published 8 December 2004 Melanie Carter

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