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Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

2006 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

Ask Mercedes-Benz what spurred the M-Class to market and the answer is and somewhat convoluted. The real however, is not difficult to find if you the surface – when M-B polled its body most had an SUV (a Jeep Cherokee usually) parked in the next to their Benz.

say this statistic caused the to be rushed to market, as it was not one of M-B’s efforts. The ride comfort was the trunk space limited and the starkly bland. Certainly, it the requisite M-B accoutrements, but driving it made it feel like the poor relation.

The new M-Class the shortcomings by making it appreciable (150-mm longer, 71-mm and it now rides on a 2,915-mm wheelbase, is up 95-mm) and giving it a much presence, better road and a healthy dose of refinement.

While there is little can be done to break an SUV’s mould, the new M-Class manages to the envelope – the windshield and roofline are the nose and projector-style headlamps are and the interior has a warm inviting

Hop up behind the wheel, and the interior and reworked layout impresses The smaller than usual wheel hub eases the view to the new instrumentation, the centre stack is with a large navigation dominating the upper portion of the The lone gripe is that the system (which controls from the audio package to the is still a little too convoluted.

The is first class, and this true for both the front and pews. Up front, the 10-way makes it easy to establish the driving position, which can be set into one of the three memory In the rear, the cushion is deeply and wide enough to accommodate adults in relative comfort.

Best of all, there is of head- and legroom, as well as space under the front to put your feet. The central intrusion has also been cut to a of about 70-mm, which gives the centre rider to put their feet.

As for versatility, the seats are easy to stow. lift the seat base, the headrest to its lowest position and the folds down to reveal a floor and surprisingly small well intrusions. With the up the new M-Class will tote cubic feet of stuff, the seats folded the number to 72.4 cu. ft.

There’s also additional under the load floor and a cover to keep prying off your valuables.

The driving again take a large forward. When it arrives this year, the bigger M be powered by a reworked 3.5L V6 or 5.0L V8 – an AMG version is promised at a date. The new V6 engine churns out a 272 horsepower and 350 newton-metres of torque.

The is spirited performance and decent mileage – an average of 11.6 km.

The up-level V8 cranks the numbers up to 306 hp and a pulling 460 Nm of torque at just rpm. Obviously this the feel and response enormously. It sounds the part, with a growl emanating from the tailpipes – the V6 sounds rather in comparison.

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

Noteworthy is the standard seven-speed transmission and its manuamtic mode. Up- and can be accomplished through a pair of wheel-mounted buttons. On-road, allows engine braking to be put to use when running quickly.

a steering wheel-mounted shift-by-wire also frees up the centre where there are now two large cup and longitudinal grab rails.

The is relayed to the road through 255/50R19 tires (an option) and a all-wheel drive system. when the V8 is matted from a the system shuttles the power so that not a peep in heard the tires. The system also some off-road electronics – speed control and revised ABS and mapping.

Later in the year, the Pro package will add a low range set to the mix, which will improve the M’s off-road ability.

As for handling, it is a case of good and The base suspension dials out of the body roll while most road irregularities. The three-mode Airmatic suspension things to a higher plain In the normal mode, it switches soft and firm settings as the changes.

If you decide to flex the pushing the sport mode things up nicely while the ride height by 15-mm. It all but eliminates body roll feeling overly harsh on pavement.

Consequently, when into a fast sweeper it a quick set and holds this attitude from apex to The response to steering input is precise, which is somewhat of a for an SUV. Indeed, the combination of the and sport modes almost the comfort setting redundant.

The air ride suspension allows the to jack the ground clearance up by (to a maximum of 291 mm) when the off-road gets seriously gnarly.

The new is appreciably better than the it replaces. The refinement is there for all to its work ethic is solid and it has the demanded of a modern SUV. it arrives, it will be priced in the Range for the base ML350, is marginally more expensive the out-going truck.

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