2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4MATIC First Drive – Truck Trend

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4MATIC First Drive – Truck Trend
Mercedes ML 350

More to love for the same old

It’s often advised not to with what works; If it broke, don’t fix it. Looking at the boards, the Mercedes M-Class unequivocally be called a success roughly 1.1 million examples since its introduction in 1998. a little updating never especially in the ultra-competitive luxury SUV

For that reason, Mercedes has a new, third-generation M-Class for and it takes an evolutionary, rather revolutionary, approach to staying of the competition.

Helping to do just that are two new V-6 The base engine is Mercedes’ direct-injection V-6, which 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque improvements of 13 and 6 percent over figures. Fuel economy is at 17/22 city/highway mpg, stronger figures than the model. An extra $1500 net buyers Mercedes’ slick new 3.0-liter BlueTEC diesel producing 240 horsepower and a substantial 455 of torque.

That’s money well-spent. Mercedes claims acceleration are similar for the two engines (and capacity is identical at 7200 for each), the diesel is the superior boasting an EPA rating of 20/25 mpg and a theoretical range of more 600 miles per tank (a smaller, four-cylinder diesel option is to be capable of roughly 900 miles per At launch, all 2012 M-Class feature 4MATIC permanent drive, though a future drive V-6 version will be in late 2012.

Mercedes ML 350

Although engineers may have to the design of a Coke can for weight-saving they didn’t want the new to share its acoustic properties. windshield glass, new door and sound-absorbing panels conspire to this the quietest-riding M-Class At freeway speeds, road is largely subdued and wind only becomes slightly when speeds approach digits.

Couple the isolated ride the excellent optional 610-watt, Harmon Kardon stereo, and the becomes a very comfortable to rack up the freeway miles.

MB’s styling department has to go evolutionary rather than The front gets the new stout, family grille, the waistline has raised, a larger roof-mounted has been fitted, and new 19-inch are standard. What hasn’t is the angled rear C-pillar current owners identified as a M-Class element.

Combined with the Benz’s in height, engineers say the new bodystyle in improved aerodynamics and a drag of just 0.34.

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