December 10, 2004
Mercedes-Benz shows new M-Class SUV
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has revealed photos and details about the new M-Class SUV which is to be unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show. The New M-Class will be available with two new diesel engines, standard seven-speed automatic transmission, the PRE-SAFE safety system, AIRMATIC air suspension, and a more advanced four-wheel drive system.
The 2005 M-Class is 150 mm longer, 71 mm wider and 9 mm lower on the road than its predecessor and its wheelbase has grown by 95 mm to 2915 mm.
A V6 diesel engine with third-generation common-rail direct injection in the new ML 320 CDI will delivers 224 hp, and the new six cylinder ML 280 CDI will offer 190 hp. The ML 350 has 272 hp and the ML 500 delivers 306 hp.
The seven-speed automatic can now be operated electronically using a selector level positioned close to the steering wheel. There are also additional steering-wheel gearshift buttons.
The permanent four-wheel drive and 4ETS traction systems incorporate additional functions such as a downhill driving aid, Start-off Assist and the off-road ABS system. The M-Class can be ordered with two different variants of the four-wheel drive system, allowing it to meet the varying requirements of off-road drivers: a new off-road package is available as an optional extra, allowing the M-Class to master even the toughest routes across rough terrain. Among its primary features are a two-speed transfer case with an off-road ratio, manually or automatically selectable differential locks (100 per cent) between the front and rear axle and on the rear axle, and a modified version of the AIRMATIC air suspension system tailored to off-road driving, which raises ground clearance by 110 mm to as much as 291 mm and the vehicle’s fording depth to a maximum of 600 mm.
The new M-Class also offers revised front and rear suspensions: a double-wishbone front suspension and a rear four-link suspension.
Inside, the M-Class’ redesigned interior offers both increased passenger and cargo capacity.