2012 M-Class Offically Unveiled

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    2012 M-Class Offically Unveiled


    At launch, three different engines will be offered. The entry-level ML 250 Bluetec has a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel that produces 204 PS (150 kW / 201 hp) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

    Moving up to the ML 350 Bluetec rewards drivers with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with 258 PS (190 kW / 254 hp) and 457 lb-ft (619 Nm) of torque. Early speculation is that the engine will allows the driver to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 7.5 seconds before topping out at 224 km/h (139 mph).

    Lastly, if you're a petrol fan, the ML 350 BlueEfficiency has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 306 PS (225 kW / 302 hp) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. This model will be able to race all the way up to 235 km/h (146 mph), though its sprint time is slightly slower.

    Regardless of what powertrain is selected, all engines are paired to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

    In terms of handling, all models come equipped with a selective damping suspension. If that isn't impressive enough, customers can order an Airmatic self-leveling air suspension and an Active Curve System with dynamic roll stabilization.

    Of course, since this is a Mercedes, the crossover can be outfitted with all the latest technology. Options include Night View Assist Plus (with pedestrian recognition), Speed Limit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Active Park Assist and Distronic Plus - just to name a few.

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    It looks nice but it reminds of a Touareg.
     
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    looks just like any other SUV ..
     
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    I like it, really nice interior too but it just looks like it's missing something on the front... maybe its too short, doesn't look wide enough on the arches? Maybe I've just got my GL-glasses on so it doesn't look quite right??
     
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    Looks ok to me....but tells you very little about how quiet, economical, comfortable and practical it will be. How boring is that!:eek:
    I'm sure the interior is not standard, it will be the result of thousands spent ticking 'Designo' boxes.;)
     
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    The ML has been copied by all the brands mentioned above. There is only so much designers can do to "step away" from copies. Youare always left with the two box system for an SuV. So it has to be in the reliability, quality, durability and useability where Mercedes must excell.
     
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    Same old :dk:
     
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    Been waiting for the details for ages - the interior looks like an improvement but I'm not so sure about the exterior. Both front and rear aspects look a little odd, perhaps it will look better in the "metal". Change for changes sake comes to mind. I thought dimensions were going to be slightly smaller, but it looks bigger!
     
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    C pillar has always looked wrong to me

    amg kit looks quite good, but this is as bland a car as they could ever have come up with!
     
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    I wonder just what you expect. When the current ML came out in 2005, Autocar pitted it against the X5, the XC90 and the Torag. I am looking at the mag now:

    4x4 SHOCK
    NEW MERC ML BEATS X5
    BRILLIANT M CLASS - TOO SMART FOR BMW, VOLVO AND VW

    etc etc...

    In fact, at the time it was difficult to find any review that faulted it. Importantly, most agreed it was a vast improvement on the old model.

    I bought one and loved it from day one. Impressive, smooth, cavernous, comfortable, loaded (in my case) - the lot. But I eventually moved on to a smaller Merc and in many ways regret it.

    So what are MB supposed to do with the new model? Completely redesign it or just improve what is already proven? I think it is sensible to go for the latter - they already smash the competition (in my view). This just takes the ML into the new generation...and quite frankly some of the exterior styling changes look like simple window dressing to me...
     
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    I'm surprised by that - I have an itch to get an SUV and my impression is that the ML isn't well thought of.

    I wonder how new model copes with a 4cyl engine? These vehicles need to feel effortless.
     
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    Well, there are bound to be some detractors - you've only got to read this thread.

    However, I have quoted Autocar's headlines from 2005. Even if you go to Whatcar Reviews now, the overall opinion is pretty favourable:

    For Superb drive; refinement; strong performance and image; bags of space for five and their luggage.
    Against There's no seven-seater option and it's not as sharp to drive as a BMW X5. Plus, the interior plastics are not up to par and there are concerns over residual values.


    What Car? says
    4 out of 5 stars ... The M-Class has a lot more going for it than just the badge.
    Followed by:

    Performance 4 out of 5 stars
    With such a good V6, why pay for the V8?
    Ride & Handling 4 out of 5 stars
    Generally composed and comfortable
    Refinement 4 out of 5 stars
    Everything is competently muffled
    Buying & Owning 3 out of 5 stars
    High purchase price and running costs
    Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5 stars
    Let down by only minor details
    Safety & Security 4 out of 5 stars
    Full range of safety equipment
    Behind The Wheel 4 out of 5 stars
    Everything within easy reach
    Space & Practicality 4 out of 5 stars
    Plenty of room for five
    Equipment 4 out of 5 stars
    Generous standard equipment
    Ok, reviews are not the be all and end all. But my personal experience of ownership has more than borne them out with this car.

    I agree that the four cylinder might not be up to the job. But the 6 cylinder V6 diesel - which I will go for - will I am sure be effortless (as is the current model).
     
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    This model makes W164 look like a beauty queen.

    No V8 either except AMG.

    In other words, are you kidding me?
     
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    No 4 x 4 can ever be described as good looking. 'Purposefull' is a about as generous as I could get!

    A V8 for less than 1% of the European market? Why would there be?:dk:

    I suspect they are kidding you!
     
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    No 7 seaters again then? Shame as it was a big hit in the first gen..
     
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