Up there with the best: greater comfort and more space
The interior of the new M-Class also exhibits typical Mercedes quality, thanks to higher-quality materials, more pleasant touch and feel characteristics and significantly improved spaciousness for all the vehicle’s passengers. For example, at 880 mm, the distance between the front and rear seats is 15 mm greater than that in the outgoing model, achieving a level more familiar in a luxury-class saloon. Knee-room for the rear passengers has been increased by 35 mm and elbow width by 32 mm.
M-Class customers can select the seats for their new Off-Roader to suit their personal comfort requirements. In addition to the standard-fitted multi-adjustable front seats, sports seats with special backrest contours can also be specified.
Up to 2050 litres of load capacity offers ample space for luggage and sports equipment.
The cushions and backrests of the rear seats are split 63:37 and can be folded down. Removable cushions can be ordered as an option, creating a level loading surface stretching 2.10 metres in length through the rear of the car. Maximum load capacity stands at 2050 litres, exceeding that offered by its predecessor model by 30 litres (VDA measuring method).
The proven EASY PACK system makes the boot area of the M-Class easier to load and unload. Among other features, it can be supplied as an option with an electrically operated tailgate and a package designed to secure items safely in place in the load area.
State-of-the-art assistance systems more familiar from luxury-class Mercedes models help to relieve the stress on the driver, raise comfort and further improve safety. The M-Class is available as an option with the newly developed multi-zone THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system, the PARKTRONIC parking aid and the control and display system COMAND APS with Europe-wide DVD navigation. Bi-xenon headlamps with the Active Light System and the cornering light function (optional) enhance driving safety during the hours of darkness.
A success story beginning in 1997: blazing a trail for modern SUVs
With its unique design concept, the Mercedes Benz M-Class led the way for a new generation of off-roaders on its premiere in 1997, and a whole series of international prizes and awards has since underlined its exceptional design, off-road performance, functionality, driving pleasure and safety.
A total of over 620,000 drivers around the world have so far opted for the original "Sport Utility Vehicle" (SUV), making it one of the most successful models in itS-Class. And the arrival of the second-generation M-Class in spring 2005 is set to open a new chapter in this automotive success story.
UK cars will arrive in the autumn of 2005. Prices and specification will be announced shortly before then - in the meantime the existing range is still available.Published 8 December 2004