2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class revealed

Mercedes-Benz will launch their redesigned 2012 M-Class at the end of this summer, with three engine choices, one being a diesel and two 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 2.1L turbodiesel 4-cylinder with 369 lb-ft of torque, while the ML350 Bluetec uses Merc’s revised 3.0L diesel V6, good for 258 hp and 457 lb-ft. The gas-powered ML350 BlueEfficiency uses the direct-injected 3.5L V6 now found in the C- and E-Class vehicles, generating 306 hp and 273 lb-ft in this application. All three engines will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2012 ML shares its platform with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, an optional self-leveling Airmatic suspension with selective damping is available, as is a new “On&Offroad” package that offers six different transmission modes to match driving conditions. Wheel sizes range anywhere from 17 to 21 inches in diameter.

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.

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