January 20, 2003
Mercedes-Benz ML350 replaces ML320
Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz has replaced the ML320 sport utility vehicle with the ML350. The primary difference between the two models is a new 232-horsepower 3.7-litre V6 engine (replacing the 215-hp 3.2-litre V6), adding 16 additional horses and 21 lb-ft of torque. The new ML350 Classic has a suggested price of $50,600 only $1,100 more than the outgoing ML320
For 2003, the M-Class offers a new optional DVD-based navigation system. The new DVD system is integrated into the Modular Control System that includes a 13cm TFT display screen and the ability to play cassette tapes and audio CDs and DVDs. Now, the mapping for Canada and the United States fits on one DVD compared to nine CDs needed previously. Owners of older M-Class models equipped with the MCS can upgrade to the DVD system – it’s simply a matter of an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership switching the new drive for the old one.
For model-year 2003, Mercedes-Benz is also producing an Inspiration Package available for the ML350 Elegance and the ML500. Visual enhancements inside and out exclusive to the Inspiration Package cost $2,175 for the ML350 Elegance. In addition to sport seats and hand-polished Charcoal poplar wood trim, the interior will be appointed with silver cross-stitched Anthracite leather and unique floormats. For exterior individuality, these models will receive six-spoke 17″ wheels and a silver-painted chrome grille.