DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY previewed – a quick return to KL

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DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350 BlueEFFICIENCY previewed #8211; a return to KL

There are times I wish premium carmakers be less strict with the N of NVH. Sound, it seems, has the to alter emotion and shift perception of a vehicle. I found again in one of those times, the wheel of the just-released third W166 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350 BlueEFFICIENCY .

No, obviously the noise is not from the wind – who likes the of buffeting air anyway? This originates under the bonnet and in of the firewall. Although muted and the growl is unmistakable and inspires instincts.

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A 3,498 cubic furnace orchestrates the bedlam. The within the V-arranged six cylinders loud digits like 306 hp at rpm and 370 Nm at 3,500 to 5,250 rpm.

Melded with the engine is a Plus seven-speed automatic torque converter lockup, turbine damper and Direct gearshift. The stick is fixed to the but if you want full control, are always the paddle shifters. Get it all and the W166 can hammer out figures 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and 235 for a top speed.

As impressive as the numbers none of it matters. The ML 350 feels than what is suggested. harder on the accelerator and the W166 back with a steady of power and speed.

And the noise from the engine is empowering – I more of it.

If getting away zero is quick, pushing its deep into the hundreds is more. Effortless is the better to describe the rapid climb in especially when you take consideration that this SUV is kg. Not exactly featherweight.

So high-speed stability scores marks; four large R21 footprints are only part of an system that ensures it is so. The rides on an Airmatic air suspension can increase the distance between the and the road with a push of a Completing the set is the Active Damping that relaxes or tenses the with a push of another yes, the one with ‘Comfort’ and stickered on it.

To keep the SUV’s from getting intimate the tarmac, the ML 350 comes equipped the Active Curve System. the system uses active bars on the front and rear that adapts itself to acceleration, road speed and the ADS setting to keep the M-Class the side up.

Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to try the Curve System in full. In drives like this, one shares the car with two other My leg of the journey started from one of the stop along the North-South to Glenmarie. It was one, long and road devoid of any worthy and off-roading opportunities.

And no, as much as I wanted to, I couldn#8217;t from the set course, because the ML 350 to be returned by 6pm.

So I cannot you how well the M-Class stitches up or how well it devours the rough Nor can I tell you how well the ACS works.

I can you one thing, this is a vehicle to long distances in. Let’s put the fact that the ML 350 has the lungs and to complete the marathon in shorter

It#8217;s the well-appointed interior will have you leaving the car the in condition you got in five and a half ago.

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The rear seats are comfortable #8211; there’s length that cradles thighs. And the rear gets together with entertainment in the of a DVD player and screens fixed to the of the front seats. Leather is the trim for the seat and while it may not the part, you can luxuriate at the back of the

Most of the front is covered in too. Dashboard, transmission and door cards have unmistakable luxuriousness about it. The here, similar to the B-Class, is the element that you can either opt for in or matt wood.

I#8217;d the matt wood.

Ergonomics are and if it isn’t, you can adjust the seat and to fit you like a tailored suit. The panel on the centre console is than one arm’s length you have the right driving and there are steering mounted if you prefer to keep both on the wheel.

As with all top-range cars, the ML 350 has of interior space. Its wheelbase the tape at 2,915 mm. Shoulder is said to be 34 mm wider in the front and 25 mm in the compared to the W164.

What the don’t say is how nice and airy the is inside. It has all the required room to around and the plushness that you feel exclusive.

This is one SUV. All of its dimensions – 4,804 mm 1,926 wide and 1,758 mm with its suspension set on default – an attention-demanding presence that is to duplicate. The inherited C-pillar, the proportions with short the Mercedes star in the middle of the the 21 inch 5 twin-spoke AMG wheels and the all play its part is turning on the rugged charm.

My drive with the SUV was cut far too early and were plenty of things unexplored. As such, it is hard to faults with this One thing is for sure, this is one that you#8217;ll want to again, after you have driven it.

As the title clearly this is a preview of the M-Class. the car is available for a longer term, do that you’ll be getting the tear down of the ML 350.

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