2006 MercedesBenz ML 350 Review

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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 Review

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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML 350

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class signaled a shift in attitude for the German when it debuted in model 1998. Not only was it designed with U.S. sales in it was built here, at a new facility Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and exported the world. Since that over 600,000 examples of the SUV have been sold with about half in the U.S. And in the time since the debut, nearly all luxury have introduced SUVs of own.

So the time has come for the M-Class. Like its predecessor, built in Alabama, but both the and the vehicle have had major

If, at a quick glance, the new ML 350 and ML 500 look like stylistically-updated versions of year’s models, they The original was a clean-sheet design, and so is the new Yes, the exterior and interior has been updated in keeping current Mercedes-Benz trends, but everything underneath has changed as The new M-Class models are slightly in nearly every dimension, for interior space and cargo The originals were built body-on-frame construction; the new M-Class are made with car-like structures for improved ride and characteristics and increased safety. of the new construction, weight has been by around 400 lbs.

The ML 500’s 5.0-liter V8 has minor that raise its power by 14 horsepower, to 302. But the real have been to the ML 350. it’s V6 engine has the same capacity as previously, it’s a new engine, up 36 horsepower on the old V6 with Both engines feed power to all four wheels a single-range transfer case. models use the new «7G-TRONIC» seven-speed transmission, which benefits to performance and fuel economy.

I had the to drive both models of the M-Class a few months back, and just finished a week an ML 350. As expected, the V8 model has luxury and performance equipment in its specification, but the V6 is hardly Spartan. The M-Class models were the best-handling SUVs, especially for driving on pavement, but they are by the new ones. With the ML’s in interior space and the new drivetrains, has made its luxury SUV even

APPEARANCE: In its general proportions and the new M-Class is similar to the old. But in it’s very different. larger, but not by all that much, and has more complexly-sculpted and bodywork, on the sides. What were curves on the old ML are now more angular and and the windshield is raked to a degree associated with sports than sport-utility vehicles. The styling is very car-like, a low, wide perforated that displays the Mercedes-Benz on twin crossbars, and is flanked by faired projector-beam headlights. looks like a skid under the front is a decorative of plastic. It won’t stop rocks, but probably helps The sides feature large arches and a broad C-pillar hints at the shape of an S-Class sedan roof line. An character line helps a look of motion. At the rear, the tail lights have corners, and another faux plate and twin rectangular hint at performance.

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COMFORT: The three-inch increase in and four inches additional have been put to good, and use inside the new M-Class. Styling is in with other new Benzes, an interesting variety of shapes, materials, and textures. But form not impair function, and the instruments are and the controls, for the most part, to use. The one exception is the gearshift. A in the usual location on the console find two cupholders, with a slot for a parking lot or toll between them. The shifter is on the column, behind the wheel. But is not a return of the «three on the tree» shift of ages past. to the 21st Century — is no direct mechanical connection the «Direct Select» lever and the all is electronic. Press the end of the stalk to go or out of Park, with Reverse up, central, and Drive down. on the back side of the steering spokes allow manual It’s a bit strange at first, but becomes second nature.

As expected, seat comfort is and the front buckets are power Rear seat room is very good, and the rear is split 60/40 with cushions for a flat load when needed. My test had a number of useful options, the Trim Package (leather cosmetic upgrades, TeleAid and Homelink), the Entertainment Package (a good Harmon Kardon system with glovebox-mounted changer), the Sunroof Package, a navigation system, Sirius radio, heated front and power-folding mirrors. A jack in the allows connection of an iPod or MP3

SAFETY: The new M-Class surrounds its with a strong central cell and front and rear zones. Strong four-wheel brakes are aided by a four-channel system and Brake Assist. The four-wheel drive system traction control, and the ESP electronic enhancement system is standard Dual-stage front airbags and side and side-curtain airbags and a sensor are all standard equipment.

AND HANDLING: The original M-Class was one of the SUVs, and Mercedes-Benz has only upon that. With a and more rigid chassis and revised fully-independent double front, multilink rear it is among the most car-like of in its ride and handling abilities on the The only time it’s to tell the ML 350 is not a luxury car is over expansion joints and other jolts, when the mass of the P235/65 HR17 tires and alloy wheels makes its known. And even that is compared to many other Attention to aerodynamics not only fuel economy, it also in low levels of wind noise and stability in strong winds.

PERFORMANCE: Mercedes-Benz’s newest V6 is a from its previous engine Although it is constructed largely of aluminum alloy, as before, the old overhead cam, three-valve per heads have given way to overhead cam, four-valve With the twin-cam heads, the intake and exhaust cams can be phased for optimum power and performance at all engine speeds and The result is more power now 268 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of from 2400 through rpm. Although the seven of the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission a wide range, and the top two gears are for improved fuel economy, the steps between ratios that engine speed little when shifting. It almost like a CVT continuously-variable Manual shifting is controlled by on the back of the steering wheel but is rarely necessary because of the adaptive shift logic. is strong and smooth, and acceleration, at 8.4 is on a par with some V8-powered

CONCLUSIONS: In introducing the second for 2006, Mercedes-Benz has made significant improvements to its M-Class

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