Mercedes Benz M-Class (2012)
Mercedes Benz M-Class (2012)

The new Mercedes Benz M-Class will be available in three models, the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and the ML 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY.

The Mercedes Benz ML 250 BlueTEC offers fuel consumption of 47.0mpg with co2 emissions of 158g/km. Output is 204hp with 500 newton metres of torque. It can reach 62mph from standing in 9 seconds on to a top speed of 130mph. The ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC returns 41.5mpg with an output of 258hp and torque of 620Nm. The V6 diesel can reach 62mph in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 139mph. The 306hp petrol engine of the ML 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY has a fuel consumption figure of 33.2mpg with a top speed of 146mph.

Both the Mercedes Benz ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC and L 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY models provide an off-road programme as standard, for those drivers who wish or need to venture off-road. This system includes permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC and an electronic traction system (ETS) and an off-road button to activate a special off-road transmission mode.

The Mercedes Benz M-Class also has an ON&OFFORAD package, which utilises six transmission modes, altering driving dynamics and handling safety, to ensure necessary drive control is available to deal with differing operating conditions both on and off road. One automatic mode, two specifically off-road modes and three on-road modes are available for selection via a rotary actuator on the centre console.

The six transmission modes are:

As standard, the new Mercedes Benz M-Class comes with the Audio 20 CD system, featuring a radio with twin tuner, 14.7cm TFT colour screen, MP3/WMA/AAC compatible CD player, USB interface with CD Cover Art, an AUX input in the centre armrest and telephone keypad. Bluetooth connectivity allows for both hands free telephony and audio streaming.

The Audio 20 CD system can be upgraded to include a 6-disc CD changer, Media Interface, Logic7 Surround Sound system from harman/kardon, DAB radio. The Becker MAP PILOT is a fully integrated navigation module, can be docked into a cradle located in the glovebox, and controlled through the Audio 20 CD system. The navigation route is then displayed in the central display unit as well as the instrument cluster, supported by audio commands.

For the first time, the COMAND Online system, complete with 17.8cm TFT colour display provides internet access in the Mercedes Benz M-Class. Alongside being able to browse online, integrated apps include Google Local search, Facebook access (from 11/2011) and weather, with the ability to download and use a route planned by Google Maps. Further apps will be available at a later date.

UK Pricing and Specification are yet to be confirmed.  the new Mercedes Benz M-Class will go on sale Spring 2012.

Published : 10/06/11 Author : Staff

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