Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The Mercedes-Benz is a luxury midsize sport vehicle (SUV), first in 1997 as a 1998 model, and by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz. the M-Class became a sales in the United States and Mexico. In of size, it is slotted in between the GLK-Class (based on the C-Class ) and the GL-Class. with which it platforms.

For a short time, the years 1999 and 2002, the was also built by Magna in Graz. Austria, for the European before all production moved to the plant near Vance, From late 2012, the was also assembled at new plants in India and Wanaherang, Indonesia.

First generation (W163: Edit

4,614 lb (2,093 kg)

In Mercedes-Benz proposed a plan to the G-Class, which at the time had in production for 11 years.

A joint with Mitsubishi Motors to and produce a sports-utility vehicle was in early 1991 and was confirmed that June. Plans made to base it off the Montero/Pajero with one of them being as a Mercedes-Benz and the other a Mitsubishi.

In May 1992, these plans abandoned citing technical and Mercedes-Benz continued on with development from January [ 1 ] [ 2 ] In March 1993, a search for a to build a U.S. manufacturing began. By September 1993, a in the state of Alabama was chosen and started in 1994. While were being made in Germany development continued. work took place late 1992 to 1994.

A design from Mercedes’ studio was chosen in 1993 and by the executive board in February The design patents were in Germany on July 13, 1994, and in the on January 13, 1995. Prototype started with test and crash tests using in May 1994.

First functional crash test took in February 1995, with testing run from March to December 1996 in various and regions of the world. Pilot began in May 1996. In July construction on the Mercedes-Benz U.S. plant concluded, with the first production M-class off the assembly line the week of 9, 1997. [ 3 ]

Mercedes-Benz launched the first W163 series M-Class on 19, 1997, in the United States for the model year, with beginning that September. It is a body-on-frame SUV with seating for or seven with an optional seat. The M-Class was the first SUV to feature electronic stability a system designed to detect of control and instantaneously intervene selective braking to bring the back on its intended course.

Furthermore, the M-Class boasted and side-impact airbags with occupant detection for the front seat, which, helped the W163 the highest marks in industry crash tests.

The M-Class (W163) was available permanent 4Matic four-wheel which routed torque to all wheels through all open center, and rear differentials. [ 4 ] The used a two-speed dual BorgWarner 4409 transfer with reduction gearing, and new Four-wheel Electronic Traction (4-ETS). 4-ETS simulated differential locks on all three differentials, via aggressively braking one or spinning wheels. [ 4 ]

Four-wheel Electronic Traction was said to perform excellent for and moderate off road use, but cause unpredictable handling in off road use. [ 4 ]

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