10 October,2012: Mercedes Benz India has unearthed the third generation of the Mercedes Benz M Class ML250 CDI SUV in the Indian market for a price of Rs. 45.6 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV was launched at Mercedes local assembly at Chakan,Pune and interestingly is the first SUV from the German auto major that will be manufactured locally. Mercedes Benz ML Class 250 CDI is the notched down version of the M Class 350 CDI which was rolled out in May this year. This low priced version of the SUV is powered with 2.2 Liter, 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that cranks outr 205bhp power and 500Nm torque value;this 2.2L diesel engine also does duty in the E Class and C Class models. The ML 250 CDI comes with 4WD option for those who want to go for an offroad experience. The company has asorned the car with Intelligent Light System, Lane Keeping Assist among others and the new ML 250 CDI will turn the heat against Audi Q5,BMW X3, Porsche Cayenne and will try to amplify Mercedes position in the Indian car market.
Mercedes Benz M-Class lets you cruise on bustling city streets or on rocky trails. In this 5 seater SUV one can enjoy effortlessly while witnessing superior driving performance. The M-Class’s looks parallel its off-road capability. The interior of M Class perfectly complements the exclusive and dynamic exteriors. Soothing materials and excellent workmanship is blended well with advanced technology– and inviting seats set the tone inside. The M-Class exhibits versatility at a top most level.
The Mercedes Benz M Class was first launched in the year 1997 as a 1998 model and was a big hit in the US and Mexico. The model got used in a Hollywood movie- The Lost World: Jurassic Park- before the commercial launch and received immense popularity. That, in fact, contributed to the gala success of the mid-size sports utility vehicle (SUV). This world acclaimed compact SUV had stepped in India in the year 2009 and brought same kind of success here as well. Influenced by the response from the Indian market, the Mercedes Benz India introduced Grand Edition in India in 2010; it comes in two variants i.e. Mercedes Benz M Class Grand Sport Edition and Grand Executive Edition. The new added variants gave the potential car buyers a wide range of choice in the M Class model range. Mercedes introduced the third generation of M Class in 2012 and the first variant launched in this series is Mercedes Benz ML Class 350 CDI codenamed as W166. A limited AMG version christened Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG is also launched.
The Mercedes Benz M Class debuted with a 3.0 litre, 2987cc, V6 powertrain that produces maximum power of 231 hp at 3800 rpm and delivers maximum torque of 540 Nm at 1600-2400 rpm with the help of 7-speed '7G-TRONIC'Automatic Transmission. The Mercedes Benz M Class has got dual circuit brakes coupled with Anti-lock braking system with brake assist. The new generation Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI’s 3.0 litre diesel engine is tweaked to perform better. It now churns out 258 bhp of power (34 bhp more than its predecessor) and 619 Nm of torque (110 Nm more than the outgoing model). The BlueEFFICIENCY technology used in this engine. The Mercedes Benz M Class sports all wheel drive system fitted in the 4MATIC partnered by the ESP (Electronic Stability Program)/4ETS (Electronic Traction System), electronic dynamic handling control system. The system can be switched on for off-road terrain; it ensures maximum distribution of the tractive force between the four drive wheels. The 4MATIC system comes with a host of off roading functions to make the ML 350 CDI quite a capable machine while off roading. Your perception of outgoing model being a good off-roader will go wrong when you will see the third generation model. It comes with optional 6 stage ON & OFF-ROAD package and improved suspension on a chassis that now includes selective damping.
The New M-Class exemplifies Mercedes-Benz’s philosophy of the ‘Best or Nothing’ being the engineering marvel that it is. The all new 2012 ML has been metamorphosed into an unnerving package boasting of acclivities and improvements in just about every section. The new Mercedes SUV is rendered with an all new front end, sate with new headlamps, a new front grille and a new bumper design. The five seater SUV now gets refreshed tail lamps at the rear end. Plusher material is used in the interior of the SUV along with hundreds of other gadgetry. The design of the M-Class is a trailblazing further development of the SUV concept. The unmistakable style makes the series instantly recognizable as an M-Class. The horizontal lines at the rear emphasize the vehicle's on-road character. These lines are picked up in the cockpit, with its compelling combination of ergonomic, practical design and the use of high-grade materials.
The interior of the Mercedes Benz M Class deserves special mention as it is of the best quality and built with sound designing job. The dashboard of the vehicle looks amazing with fighter jet type instrument panel, AC vents and centre console features. It has been blessed with THERMATIC automatic climate control that enables constant climate in the cabin. You can also opt for THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control that permits individual temperature setting for all the occupants including driver. The vehicle leads the field in safety, comfort, quality feel over its competitors. It is the pinnacle of comfort and load compartment capacity offering ease of handling, on and off-road.
In terms of safety, the Mercedes Benz M Class gets higher level of safety equipments that includes NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints, self-supporting body, energy absorbing rear and front structures, 9 airbags, belt tensioner, PRE-SAFE system, ESP/4ETS dynamic handling control system, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and acceleration skid control (ASR), etc. Additional safety features that are Attention Assist, Lane Departure Warning System and Blind Spot Assist along with ABS, EBD, ESP, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control.
The new Mercedes Benz M Class ML 350 CDI will give better handling than before; it now sports a stiffer chassis which allows speeding on all kind of terrains. Let’s see how well it is accepted in the luxury SUV market dominated by BMW X5 and Audi Q7.
This Mercedes Benz M Class ML 250 CDI trim comes with inviting exterior features. The front part of this SUV is loaded with an enlarged radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment and it is surrounded with a well shaped head light cluster. The body colored bumper is incorporated with a wide air dam and a pair of fog lamps for enhanced visibility. The company has blessed this sports utility vehicle with a number of striking features for its impressive appearance. The company has given this trim out side rear view mirrors with turn indicator, side stepper, roof carrier, tinted glass, a rear window defogger and many other aspects as well. Apart from these, this trim is blessed by the company with a set of 17 inch alloy wheels, which are further covered with tubeless radial tyres and enhances the look of side profile. On the other hand, this sports utility vehicle is loaded with a lot of interior aspects, which gives comfort and a luxurious feel as well to the passengers sitting inside....
This is CKD model launched with 3.0 litre of petrol engine churning out 258 bhp of power and 619 Nm of torque. It comes with larger dimensions, ECO start stop button for better fuel efficiency, green footprint and aggressive looks....
A V6 3.0 litre diesel engine is used in the Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI. The third generation of M Class is not just big from outside; even its engine is tweaked to give better performance. The vehicle has been built with the ECO start-stop function, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions- by automatically switching off the engine during traffic jams or traffic signals. Although mileage holds no importance while discussing features of a SUV, the mileage of new Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI is 9.5 kmpl which is 22% higher.
The all new Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI BlueTEC uses a completely tweaked 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing 255 bhp @ 3600rpm along with a massive torque of 620Nm between 1600-2400rpm. Even on congested Indian roads, the new M-class will feel easy to drive, thanks to the linear power delivery of the engine.
The speed machine takes you only 7.4 seconds to zoom from a nil to 100 kmph. You can enjoy a top speed of 224 kmph in the new Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI. Mated to a 7Gtronic Plus transmission, these figures translate to some spectacular driving dynamics on smooth surfaces and even off it. Ergonomically designed and intuitive to operate, the DIRECT SELECT selector lever on the steering column permits the driver to set the automatic transmission positions P, N, R and D simply by giving it a light tap. The gearshifts, though, are on the slow side and clearly indicate that Mercedes has prioritized refinement and comfort before performance.
Keeping true to the new design language, the new M-Class has been envisioned with a much sleeker frame as compared to its predecessor. The all new Mercedes ML 350 CDI comes with higher tensile steel for more potency while maintaining light weight. The SUV is longer, wider and slightly lower than its predecessor. The new M Class SUV comes with a new front end, with the headlamps getting curvier along with a new front bumper and a fresh grille design. The Mercedes Benz designers have instilled a few more curves on the car’s flanks. It is hard to notice the changes even in the new Generation model of M Class. The distinct robust design of the SUV has been retained with small changes given to profile lines, headlights, grille and a more flat roofline with sunroof to reduce the drag coefficient.
The front view of the SUV is dominated by upper radiator three horizontal chrome plated slated grille, centrally positioned Mercedes star badge; lower honeycomb grille, day time running lamps and new solid front skid plates. The car has been provided with sweeping exterior mirrors in body colour, body colour door handles and character lines on side. The wheels have particularly been changed sporting advanced look with clean five spokes now. The wheels arches have been toned down however to give prominence to side character lines on body.
The cosmetic alterations are also done on to the rear of the car, where the tail lamps have been redesigned along with a new rear bumper and diffuser. High mounted stop lamp, dual exhaust pipes, a chrome nudge bar and an antenna on the roof are the features noticeable at the rear end. The overall exterior design is neat and clean now without any clutter.
The dimensions of 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class SUV are larger than life; the predecessor used to look smaller compared to the latest model. The old model was 23mm shorter, 15mm narrower and 20mm higher. The length now measures 4804 mm although it’s a five seater with ample of cargo space. The overall width of the gigantic SUV is 1926 mm. Indians would even try fit four members on the rear seat. A height of 1796 mm gives a ground hugging feel, however the height can be adjusted by raising the suspension. The wheelbase measures 2915 mm.
Among the few things on which Mercedes engineers have worked on the M Class are the interiors. The 3rd generation Mercedes Benz M Class has all the features to get flattered on. In the interior of the SUV one can smell new posh materials and colour combinations. Designo leather upholstery is available to chose from; be it Designo Black leather, Designo porcelain upholstery or Designo maroon upholstery. A metal badge in the backrest of seat signifies the Designo upholstery on seats, armrests on the doors and centre console along with leather door centre panels. The spruced up interiors have excellent fit and finish with faux-wood dashboard. The tough look corresponding to the look of a SUV is continued in the interiors too. One will think twice while dropping something in the SUV as the material used is so sophisticated and expensive that you forget to loiter inside.
Top notch interiors are complemented with superb-looking instruments, nicely damped controls, a spacious and luxurious cabin. The driver sits high and enjoys a commanding view of the road from his seat, and outstanding quality to name a few – which certainly adds to the overall appeal. The M-class sticks with five seats and there are no great surprises in either its packaging or internal features. Legroom impressive for passengers in the rear and the headroom is particularly impressive.
There are host of comfort features explicitly stuffed in the new Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI. The SUV wraps you in comfort as you get seated. The talking point in the next generation M Class is the copious luggage space, state-of-the-art entertainment and communication systems.
The Mercedes Benz M Class sports new multifunction 4 spoke steering wheel in leather that is mounted with audio and multimedia controls; the steering is added with standard gearshift paddles. They facilitate manual pre-selection of the seven gears, so drivers can decide whether they want to change gear themselves using the steering-wheel shift paddles or whether they prefer this to be taken care of automatically. The interior of the M Class is of single tone that makes it look a huge car from inside; however, you can also get optional design leather upholstery for that lush touch. The Mercedes Benz M Class has electrically adjustable backrest and seat cushion angle in the back as well as the front seat. Manual adjustment can be done for head restraint and seat fore-and-aft.
Tall passengers will find ultimate ease in the rear seats with ample of legroom and headroom available. The extremely wide opening angles of the front and rear doors make ingress and egress easy. The rear seats with ergonomic shape promote a healthy posture and provide good support. The rear seats can be split 1/3 to 2/3 or folded down entirely to provide a convenient loading area. The Easy Pack tailgate can be opened and closed using either a switch on the driver’s door, the pushbutton on the inside of the tailgate, the buttons of the remote control or the exterior tailgate handle. So get your hefty luggage in load compartment with a capacity of 690 litres expandable to 2010 litres.
Active parking assist finds a suitable parking space and automatically parks the vehicle just by a touch of button. The reversing camera (activated when reverse gear in active) sends pictures to the COMMAND display on dashboard if you opt for COMMAND online. Automatic climate control system (Thermotronic) allows the inmates to set the temperatures independently. There is a separate control unit with a display especially for the rear. Additional air outlets in the B-pillars, two pivoting air vents in the centre console and a booster blower make sure that ideal temperature prevails in the rear. That said the automatic mode can also be adjusted to meet the needs of the individual occupants.
The 3 litre diesel engine is particularly very economical, thanks to its optimised common-rail technology. The six cylinders arranged in V6 are tuned to deliver 258 bhp of power @ 3600rpm and improved torque of 619Nm between 1600-2400rpm due to Precise and fast piezo injectors and an optimised turbo-charger. This means that, when the engine is running, the necessary injection pressure is always available in a central fuel line. It is stocked there and put to work as required by individually controlled valves of cylinder. BlueEFFICIENCY diesel technology from Mercedes-Benz is displayed at its best here. The 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission selects gears directly and very briskly, ensuring greater pulling power and optimum acceleration. A permanent four wheel drive ensures power delivery to 4 axles and wheels.
The Mercedes Benz M Class India comes with optional Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system that consists of twelve high-performance loudspeakers and Dolby Digital 5.1 technology, 11-channel DSP amplifiers, etc. The Mercedes Benz M Class also features rear side entertainment system that is equipped with two 8-inch screens on the head restraints of the front seats and wireless headphones and a remote control along with connections for a DVD player or games console.
The centre console comes with optional COMAND Online multimedia system that is comprised of 6 and a half inch colour display, navigation system with DVD drive and Music Register with 10 GB hard disk, SD memory card slot, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth interface and various internet functions.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The third generation Mercedes Benz M Class runs on specially designed tyres and 5 spoke 20 inch wheels for reduced rolling resistance. The tyre size is 265/45 R 20. A mini spare wheel is also given as standard fitment in the SUV.
The Double wishbone front and four link rear suspension system on the new Mercedes Benz SUV is definitely improved for its betterment. The ride height can be controlled electronically and the air suspension can be raised at a click of a button on difficult terrains. The AIRMATIC package which includes air suspension and the ADS (Adaptive Damping System) makes bumpy roads comfortable. Even though a diesel motor resides under the hood of ML 350 CDI, there’s no sound and very little vibration while revving it. As the differences in engine speed between the individual gear ratios are very small, both driving dynamics and ride comfort are great.
The Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI now has a stiffer chassis and has steel suspension which makes it a fun to drive even on broken roads. The ride is quite supple even at low speeds. The permanent four wheel drive with 4Matic system in the ML SUV is equipped to offer great on road dynamics as well as superior off roading technology. 4MATIC transfers driving power evenly to the axles and wheels. The ECO stop/start and brake energy recuperation functions come as standard.
The new Mercedes SUV comes with optional 6 stage On & Off road package that features innovative driving modes that modifies handling and drive control. Mastered by the onboard COMAND system, the driver can choose between six different driving modes including Winter, Sport and Towing options as well. Another feature in this optional package is the Active Curve System (ACS) which allows for greater directional stability in tighter slippery corners through a special control algorithm that is programmed into the system.
One would not even realize how safe he/she is sitting in Mercedes Benz M Class. Safety features form a long list that proves that it is the safest SUV in its class winning EURO NCAP 5 Star rating for itself. Passive safety is given special attention in the new model. Standard equipment includes nine airbags, Lane Departure Warning System and Blind Spot Assist. Making the drive more pleasurable is the technology that has been packed into the new generation such as ATTENTION ASSIST that alerts the driver on detection of drowsiness on longer trips. Sensors analyse driving behaviour and can detect deviations from a previously determined, individual driver profile. An Active Parking Assist with integrated PARKTRONIC technology and a new rear view camera that increases comfort is added in the safety list. An enhanced version of wedge pin door lock is used for more safety.
ABS, EBD, ESP and other electronic systems, no doubt, form part of the safety features ensuring that the power machine remains in control at all times. NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints, self-supporting body, energy absorbing rear and front structures, belt tensioner, PRE-SAFE system and acceleration skid control (ASR), etc were present in SUV’s previous generation model and are continuing in 3rd gen model also. The M-Class maintains the required downhill speed, at the touch of a button on cruise control lever. However, if you are starting off on an incline, the hill-start assist function comes into play. When you touch the accelerator, the brakes are ejected with a slender delay to prevent the vehicle from rolling back unintentionally.
Mercedes Benz ML Class Pros :
Diesel engine, great acceleration, comfort and safety features, spacious
Mercedes Benz ML Class Cons :
Extremely pricey, large turning circle radius
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.13||15.26||203.2bhp @ 4200rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
6 Cylinder 24 Valve
|8.0||11.74||258bhp @ 3600rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
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