After several leaked shots had mysteriously found their way onto the internets; Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the third-generation of its M-Class. Initially, three engine options will be available: Beginning with the two diesel units, a 204 hp four-cylinder 2.2L CDI now powers the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, while the ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC receives a new 3.0L V6 which is good for 258 hp. At the moment the only petrol-driven version is the 306 hp 3.5L V6 ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency model. Hybrid and hot AMG models should be along in the near future. Fuel consumption is aided by the standard start/stop function and a new seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox.

For anyone willing to take their prized SUV off the beaten track there’s the new AIRMATIC air suspension with Adaptive Damping System, the impressive-sounding ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM roll stabilisation and the ON&OFFROAD package which features no less than six driving modes: automatic, light and challenging off-road, winter, sport and one specifically for when towing a trailer. Seriously.

Inside, occupants can expect the type of decadence usually found in premium saloon cars, with trim available in either aluminium – or four different types of wood. Seat coverings are available in ARTICO man-made leather, leather, or DINAMICA microfibre and leather in black for the Sports package option. The brilliant COMAND communication/infotainment system is now Internet-enabled.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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