MercedesBenz ML500 (2006)

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Mercedes ML500

Wider, lower — in brief, is the formula for the exciting appearance of the new M-Class. Although the wheelbase and of this successful SUV (Sports Vehicle) by Mercedes-Benz have enlarged, the new M-Class makes a compact and concentrated impression. As a evolutionary process, the designers given it even more but stylish lines. The result is a sporty and athletic character a clear, powerful message.

The impression is particularly created by the interplay between the soft and angular elements which the vehicle body. Numerous are delineated by sharply-drawn, muscular At the same time these are extremely modern, give an of power, precision and solidity and an interplay between light and which appeals from any Moreover, many of the detailed expressly indicate the off-road of the new M-Class.

Front end: features

The front end of the new M-Class out powerful signals. A striking grille immediately shows this is a vehicle with a of its own which will accompany its in any of life’s situations. This is conveyed by the robust appearance of the which is characterised by three louvers with pronounced air apertures and the central Mercedes The strong horizontal lines of the also emphasise the width of the

2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500

The is emphasised even more by a surrounding chamfer, which delineates the bonnet and creates a design feature. Two ventilation on the bonnet, which feature the fins typical of a Mercedes, the sporty qualities of the new M-Class.

A of the headlamps likewise makes the new appear wider, as well as a new highlight to their appearance: the lenses now reveal the latest technology in three shiny, chrome tubes. Their edge is defined by a narrow band, which runs the entire width like a glass rod and adds another highlight to the front end.

The of robustness is compounded by the bumpers, lower section has a dark contrast and clearly indicates the ground clearance which is so of an off-roader. As a further interesting the bumpers feature an aluminium-look guard with large, apertures. Separate frames on the and left accommodate either or cornering lights, and once emphasise the width of the new M-Class this positioning.

Side dynamic elegance

The new M-Class strong, forward-flowing energy viewed from the side. is due to the overall proportions and the rearward of the major body lines including the shoulder as a harmonious of the front wing, the waistline, strip and side skirt. At the time the body is visually and given a dynamic elegance by a contour running from the along the A-pillar and roof and back to the tailgate.

The shoulder gradually towards the rear and satisfyingly in an aerodynamically formed edge. The C-pillar is positioned at the point of the shoulder as the visual of power. As in the preceding series, the of the new M-Class is slanted forwards but has an more flowing line to itself as an autonomous characteristic of the M-Class.

The pronounced edges of the wings grow powerfully the bodyshell, indicating not only but also precision and sure-footedness, effectively emphasising the large Depending on the equipment line, the new is fitted with 17 to 19-inch wheels whose unbroken and stabilising chamfers suggest and sportiness to underline the four-wheel character of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

end: pronounced contours

The end is substantially characterised by the extended, rear window, which with the third side to form a wide, panoramic and acts together with edges to suggest powerful motion while visually the vehicle’s width while its height. This is reinforced by the with its high-quality chrome and by the high rear bumper, has a colour contrast like its equivalent and likewise confirms the character of the M-Class with its bucket design and underride

Especially when viewed the rear, the wide track and wheel arches make an sporty impression and lend to the vehicle’s appearance. A third light integrated into the rear spoiler rounds the end off at the top and provides another highlight.

comfort with elegance and to detail

The interior of the new M-Class is by self-assured elegance with unbroken surfaces, meeting the of demanding customers who expect an SUV to them with serenity, reliability, comfort and charm in any in life. The unique atmosphere the new M-Class is also heightened by contoured features and high-quality which are finished with precision and attention to detail.

of the new M-Class are seated at a new four-spoke steering wheel whose two spokes feature an appealing finish. Behind it there is a instrument panel which is divided into an upper and section in both form and Circular ventilation vents are in the centre and at the left and right their chrome surrounds are of the engine pods on an aircraft The upper section of the instrument arches powerfully over the cluster, which has two slanted binnacles for good legibility and a look. A touch of elegance is by their fine chrome

The calm, clearly arranged console features easily and thoughtfully positioned, ergonomic and displays. Various infotainment are also located here from a CD radio to a CD radio integral navigation or the latest system with DVD navigation and a colour screen (optional).

The console extends into the tunnel cladding with its compartments and integral cupholders. also features two robust, grab handles which not echo the principal lines of the design, but also provide a hold when driving

The two-tone colour scheme of the along the horizontal dividing is also continued in the centre tunnel cladding and door These panels are concave in at elbow level, thereby elbow room and adding a feature to the interior with pronounced contours.

Depending on the appointments, the centre console and feature wood, wood/chrome or trim. As on the exterior, the trim in the door panels are slanted to echo the dynamic lines.

The of the new M-Class is characterised by perfectly high-quality materials which are to the touch, e.g. the soft of the armrests and sophisticated decorative The result is a consistently luxurious design. Three interior — black, alpaca and cashmere beige — are for the new M-Class. These can be combined two non-metallic and nine metallic finishes.

Refined power

The trendsetter modern off-roaders has stepped up gear: Mercedes-Benz presents the new With state-of-the-art technology as three powerful new engines, the seven-speed automatic transmission the now even more effective drive system 4-ETS, air suspension and the anticipatory occupant system PRE-SAFE®, the M-Class is set to the off-roader’s leading position in a market segment which created with the preceding in 1997. After its premiere at the Detroit Auto Show, the new will be introduced onto the US in the spring of 2006 and in Europe in the

You need look no further the design of the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class, its beguiling blend of heavily surfaces and taut lines, to the majestic character of the second-generation The swept-back windscreen, striking wings and rising shoulderline of the new car set the sporting tone, a theme by the proportions of the body: the new M-Class is 150 mm (now 4780 mm), 71 mm (now 1911 mm) and 5 mm lower 1815 mm with roof than its predecessor . The wheelbase has by 95 mm to 2915 mm.

Three of the four available for the 2005 model are new and the output and torque of the power for the outgoing model to the tune of up to 38 per Cutting-edge drive-system technology and aerodynamics (the Cd value is to 0.34 from the previous combine to cut fuel consumption by as as ten per cent.

A new V6 diesel engine, with two different outputs, is its premiere. It features third-generation direct injection and the latest in injectors. The unit in the ML 320 CDI delivers 165 hp and places a maximum torque of 510 metres on tap from 1600 Also on hand to offer the benefits of six-cylinder comfort and is the new ML 280 CDI, serving up 140 kW/190 hp and a torque of 440 Newton metres. The models burn just 9.4 of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC making the new M-Class one of the most off-roaders in its class. Another new is the V6 petrol unit powering the ML 350 . 200 kW/ 272 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Newton The engine range is headed by the in the ML 500, which now has an output of 225 hp.

The globally unique seven-speed transmission 7G-TRONIC is fitted as in all variants of the new M-Class. Intelligent management allows the transmission to optimum use of the engine’s enviable of power, while making a contribution to fuel economy. can now be operated electronically using a lever positioned close to the wheel, a new technology which has christened DIRECT SELECT. steering-wheel gearshift paddles the driver to glide manually the seven gears.

Ready for terrain: the off-road package AIRMATIC

Mercedes-Benz has taken the four-wheel drive and 4ETS systems to the next level by additional functions such as a Speed Regulation, Start-Off and the off-road ABS system. The M-Class can be with two different variants of the drive system, allowing it to the varying requirements of off-road in addition to the basic version, a new package is optionally available enables the M-Class to master the toughest routes across terrain. Its primary features a two-speed transfer case an off-road ratio, manually or selectable differential locks per cent) between the front and axle and on the rear axle, and a version of the AIRMATIC air suspension tailored to off-road driving, raises the ground clearance by 110 mm to as as 291 millimetres and the vehicle’s fording to a maximum of 600 millimetres.

The air suspension significantly improves ride which is why Mercedes-Benz offers a version of this technology as an AIRMATIC teams up as standard the Adaptive Damping System which adjusts shock response to suit the current situation. All this accelerates the into a new dimension in driving and ride comfort.

Mercedes have also redeveloped the and rear suspension of the M-Class: the front suspension makes a contribution to reduced road and tyre vibration, ensuring driving dynamics with its aluminium wishbones. The new rear has a four-link suspension system.Standard-fitted wheels and wide 235/65 R 17 (V6 or 255/55 R 18 (V8 model) tyres the sporting pedigree of the new M-Class.

A new era in PRE-SAFE® makes its debut in vehicle class

The Mercedes-Benz also sets the pace for off-roaders in terms of safety. Its protection system is underpinned by a body structure with deformation zones in the front and ends, and a wealth of state-of-the-art from the luxury class as This includes adaptive, airbags for the driver and front front sidebags and windowbags, as as belt tensioners and belt limiters for all seats. In the event of a collision, the newly developed crash-responsive head restraints provide additional protection for the and front passenger.

With the of adding the anticipatory occupant system PRE-SAFE® to the mix, the new off-roader raises the bar in its class. multi-award-winning technology provides a response to critical driving where an accident threatens to preparing the car and its occupants for an impending PRE-SAFE® acts in advance to the driver and front passenger belts, bring the fore-and-aft and the cushion and backrest angle of the adjustable front passenger (optional) into a more position and close the sunroof if a rollover threatens.

It is by forming an synergy of active and passive that PRE SAFE® can prepare the car and its for a possible impact. The system is to the anti-lock braking system Brake Assist and the Electronic Program (ESP®), whose identify dangerous driving Mercedes-Benz also uses data for anticipatory occupant

The new M-Class also boasts long-term quality — Mercedes hallmark. The fully body is given extra from corrosion by means of an coating at specific points. areas subjected to high are cavity-sealed, and folds are seam-sealed. plastic underbody panels the necessity for conventional PVC undersealing.

of the standard specification for the off-roader is a new of paint finish developed on the of nano-technology, which made its debut in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. significantly improved scratch compared to conventional non-metallic or paint finishes, nano-particle provides a noticeably enhanced

Like all Mercedes passenger the M-Class also comes the 30-year MobiloLife mobility and warranty.

At the level of the luxury greater comfort and more

The interior of the new M-Class also typical Mercedes quality, to higher-quality materials, more touch and feel characteristics and improved spaciousness for all the vehicle’s For example, at 880 mm, the distance between the and rear seats is 15 mm greater that in the outgoing model, a level more familiar in a saloon. Knee-room for the rear has been increased by 35 mm and elbow by 32 mm.

M-Class customers can select the for their new off-roader to suit personal comfort requirements. In to the standard-fitted front seats electrically adjustable height, and cushion angle, sports with special backrest can also be specified.

Up to 2050 of load capacity offers space for luggage and sports

The cushions and backrests of the rear are split 60:40 and can be folded Removable cushions can be ordered as an creating a level loading stretching 2.10 metres in through the rear of the car. The load capacity is 2050 (VDA measuring method), more than comparable

The proven EASY-PACK system the boot area of the M-Class to load and unload. Among features, it can be optionally supplied an electrically operated tailgate and a designed to secure items in the load area.

State-of-the-art systems familiar from the Mercedes models help to driver stress, enhance and further improve safety. The is optionally available with the developed multi-zone THERMOTRONIC climate control system, the parking aid and the control and display COMAND APS with Europe-wide DVD Bi-xenon headlamps with the Light System and the cornering function (optional) enhance safety during the hours of

A success story beginning in blazing a trail for modern

With its unique design the Mercedes-Benz M-Class led the way for a new generation of on its premiere in 1997, and a whole of international prizes and awards since underlined the qualities of the M-Class in the fields of design, driving pleasure, safety and performance.

A total of over drivers around the world so far opted for the original Sports Vehicle (SUV), making it one of the successful models in its class. And the of the second-generation M-Class in spring is set to open a new chapter in this success story.

Bodyshell and Exemplary occupant protection and

The assignment to develop a modern with a future-oriented concept was very seriously by the bodyshell at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center. remained sacred, and all the body and components were re-examined. lightweight construction, operating handling stability, aerodynamics and durability were just of the many aspects which had to be and reconciled, even though requirements seem contradictory at sight. However, resolving conflicting aims made the project all the more interesting for the in Sindelfingen, and encouraged them to their efforts.

A self-supporting, bodyshell creates the conditions for handling and a high level of comfort, and forms the basis for better occupant protection and lightweight construction methods. is where the new M-Class differs the preceding series with its frame. In order to cope the high loads occurring in operations, the highly stressed between the vehicle suspension and the were redesigned and — all — redimensioned.

One indication of the qualities is the considerably higher rigidity, which is now 2.18 per metre (static) and therefore betters that of the preceding Accordingly the bodyshell makes an contribution to the noticeably improved comfort and excellent handling of the new M-Class. This outstanding rigidity is in part due to a continuous structure in the roof area, is used to attach the tailgate and forms a robust connection the side walls, floor and roof frame. This D-ring literally has a firm on the entire bodyshell and increases its rigidity.

The body of the M-Class has generally redimensioned: the new off-roader is 150 longer, 71 millimetres wider and millimetres lower than its The increased length is mainly due to the longer wheelbase and the 56-millimetre rear overhang.

Two thirds of all panels made from steel alloys

The latest processes and the intelligent use of materials made progress possible respect to lightweight construction, and ease of repair. While steel continues to predominate in the mix for the new M-Class, Mercedes-Benz has made a increase in the proportion of high-strength which offer maximum for the minimum panel thickness and In terms of total body 62 per cent of all the body panels are now of steel alloys. Some of e.g. those of dual-phase are even in the very high category. The special, two-phase of this alloy is capable of very high loads and contributes significantly to the exemplary of the front end and passenger cell.

sheet metal components in the of the new M-Class are assembled according to the joining principle, which a high level of precision. For the flanges at the edges of steel are designed in such a way that any are already compensated when the sheets together, which body components to be welded without significant stresses. joining technique and the precise of the body components also a major contribution to corrosion as it substantially dispenses with brazed connections and MAG-welding which are generally seen as particularly vulnerable to corrosion.

galvanised body panels and scratch-resistant paint based on

As in all the latest Mercedes passenger the long-term corrosion protection of the new is based on fully galvanised metal which is also coated on both sides, on the area of application. This also contains rust-preventing pigments. Highly stressed areas of the bodyshell are also by cavity preservation, and the welding are carefully sealed. The six-section underbody cladding, which protection against stones, and soiling, makes it possible to with a conventional PVC underbody The wheel arch claddings of thick plastic likewise protection against stone

Mercedes-Benz also makes a contribution to exemplary long-term and value retention with an more scratch-resistant clear coat based on nano-technology. innovative paint system, had its world debut with is standard equipment for the new M-Class; it is for both metallic and non-metallic finishes.

Thanks to remarkable in the science of nano-technology it has been to integrate ceramic particles less than one millionth of a into the molecular structure of the binder. These nano-particles a three-fold increase in the scratch-resistance of the finish, ensuring a visibly and lasting sheen.

Front-end with crash-boxes and robust members

Dispensing with the previous frame has made it possible to the front-end structure of the new M-Class to car standards. This particularly occupant safety during a collision.

Two straight side of high-strength steel reinforced two interior sheet steel a front element and two outside above the wheel arches are the important energy-absorbing features of the end. Energy is absorbed in depending on impact severity. The end is equipped with two crash of high-strength steel which most of the impact energy in the of a frontal collision at low speeds (up to 15

The crash boxes are bolted to the members and can therefore be inexpensively without welding in the event of All the other components in the front end are bolted together for ease of

Only at higher impact (above 15 km/h) are the robust members in the front end activated to a deformation zone. If the body is subjected to one-sided loads, during an offset frontal an aluminium section and other connections in the front end ensure the impact forces are also to the unaffected side of the vehicle. an offset crash the second of side members above the arches also serves to impact energy.

The high-strength subframe which carries the axle, steering gear, and transmission is also specifically during an impact, and thereby a major contribution to energy The front wheels are also into the safety concept; a collision they are supported by the side walls and direct forces away from the cell.

Effective all-round protection

While the front-end is designed and constructed to deform and energy during an accident, the cell of the new M-Class forms a area with a high resistance. The floor assembly, pillars, side members and walls are the most important of this rigid safety

The main floor consists of assemblies. The centre section the transmission tunnel — has a steel thickness and therefore as the backbone of the floor structure. The on both sides of the tunnel are with cross-members which a solid mounting base for the and ensure a high level of stability, which particularly occupant protection in the event of a collision. In addition a diagonal extending from the firewall to the strengthens the floor assembly.

The side panels and multi-piece side wall components the multi-layered cross-sections of the roof roof frame and side

The reinforced outer shells of the walls are one-piece units; the shells consist of several sheets which are particularly at the nodal points where the pillars join the roof and the side members.

In addition to sound-absorbing foam components to the excellent noise comfort on the new M-Class. These are concealed at points of the bodyshell — 34 foam elements are integrated the two side walls alone.

repaired rear-end design

The side members of the new M-Class are a continuous, closed box sections gradually reducing material These make a major to occupant safety during a collision. The fuel tank is in an impact-protected position in front of the axle.

In the interests of repair-friendly the rear end also features crash boxes and a deformable cross-member. These absorb forces during minor (up to a maximum of 15 km/h) so that the body structure remains Bolted connections allow crash boxes and the cross-member to be inexpensively.

The world’s first with PRE-SAFE® anticipatory protection

With adaptive airbags and belt force belt tensioners, sidebags and as well as newly developed head restraints (optional), the is well-prepared for all types of accident occupant protection is concerned. But the of the off-roader were not satisfied to it at that. They are offering an even more intelligent which can already become in the few seconds preceding an impending PRE-SAFE®.

With this occupant protection system, Mercedes-Benz first realised in the in 2002, the M-Class underlines its as a trendsetter and example. No other offers this unique, technology.

PRE-SAFE® creates the between active and passive It is networked with Brake and the Electronic Stability Program and recognises critical handling which might lead to an PRE-SAFE® intervenes in such situations within milliseconds, both the occupants and the vehicle for the collision:

The seat belts of the and front passenger are tensioned as a

If the electrically adjustable front seat with memory (optional) is in an unfavourable position in of longitudinal adjustment and cushion/backrest it is moved to a better position.

The is closed if a rollover threatens.

to these precautionary PRE-SAFE the vehicle occupants are in a better position even before the occurs, enabling the seat and airbags to work more If the accident is avoided, the preventive of the seat belt is automatically and the passengers are able to return the and sunroof to their previous

Adaptive airbags and belt limiters

The restraint systems respond according to need on the of an efficient sensor system. In to the central crash sensor in the console, Mercedes-Benz employs up-front sensors for this these are located on the radiator in the front end structure, and their positioning in the front end of the body them to detect the severity of a even earlier and with accuracy. This makes it to shorten the time that between the moment of impact and the of the airbags and belt tensioners further. In other words, the belts are tensioned at a very stage so that the occupants are linked to the passenger cell and part in the vehicle deceleration during an impact.

The electronic unit also uses the information to deploy the driver and passenger airbags sooner as the demands. This takes in two stages, depending on the severity of the during a minor frontal the electronic control unit ignites one stage of the two-stage gas generators, and the airbag inflates gently. Should the control detect a severe frontal however, it deploys the second of the gas generator after a slight As a result, the airbags inflate at a pressure to provide the occupants the level of protection required in a of this severity. By virtue of a developed, absorbent and telescopic column which compresses by up to 100 during a collision, the driver is far more space for forward

The belt force limiters are adaptive, i.e. they according to the accident situation: if the send information that a collision is severe, the seat are tensioned and reach their retaining power. Briefly the force limiters switch to a level of force, which the belts slightly and allows the occupants to sink more into the airbags. This the loads acting on the chest

Newly developed, crash-responsive head restraints

Mercedes-Benz has occupant protection during a collision with newly crash-responsive NECK-PRO head for the driver and front passenger which celebrate their in the M-Class. These are likewise to the control unit: if the sensor detects a rear-end collision a defined impact severity, it pre-tensioned springs inside the restraints which immediately these to move forward by 40 millimetres and upwards by 30 millimetres. means that the heads of the occupants are supported at an early reducing the risk of whiplash After NECK-PRO activation the restraints can be unlocked and returned to original position using a supplied as an accessory.

Sidebags and as standard

With standard for the driver and front passenger, as as windowbags, the restraint system of the new M-Class provides two further, systems whose protective is complementary: while the sidebags reduce the loads acting on the area, the windowbags provide head protection for both and rear occupants. During a impact the windowbag inflates and from the front to the rear pillar like a large Accordingly it also gives against objects which penetrate into the vehicle during a crash. Sidebags are optionally available for the rear.

A sensor system is responsible for of the sidebags within milliseconds: in to the central sensor in the interior, sensors located in the side provide information about the of a lateral collision.

The sophisticated sensor system in the new M-Class is off by a rollover sensor which the belt tensioners and windowbags certain types of lateral A special, laminated coating on the ensures that the windowbags inflated for some time a rollover.

Cd-value reduced by 15 per

A low fuel consumption, a high of handling safety, good comfort — the excellent the new M-Class can boast in these is also the result of painstaking, work in the wind tunnel. aerodynamics specialists and engineers other areas worked closely to ensure that the was at its best in every respect, and convincing results:

The coefficient of air (Cd) is 0.34, which is 15 per below the figure for the preceding This means that the new has the lowest air resistance of any off-roader.

engineers have reduced the at the rear axle (cAH) to — 70 per cent less for the previous M-Class — an important contribution to exemplary stability, safe braking and directional stability.

These are the culmination of various aerodynamic in almost every area of the but these advances are also on the latest test procedures, allow a particularly realistic of the airflow characteristics. The wind tests on the new M-Class were out at the University of Stuttgart, with the turning: two steel belts the wheels to simulate the aerodynamic between the road surface, the and the bodywork, for example to examine the of turning wheels on the air resistance and forces — particularly at speeds.

Major details contribute to the exemplary Cd-value the following:

The aerodynamically efficient of the front apron directs the to the sides for an optimal flow the front wheels. This was extended to the rear so as to cover of the engine compartment and prevent from developing around the itself. In the diesel models the compartment is fully encapsulated.

sealing around the radiator This improves the airflow making more efficient use of the air.

The exterior mirror whose shape was optimised in the tunnel.

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The wheel spoilers lift forces.

The smooth cladding extending from the compartment to the rear axle. ensures that the airstream is to flow beneath the body turbulences. The areas beneath the tank and between the exhaust are also covered with cladding.

The rear apron is with a special diffuser the exhaust tailpipes.

The optimised edge on the tailgate, the air flow edges on the rear side and the rear lights specifically the airstream.

Aero-acoustic analysis to a noise index

Aerodynamics is a with many aspects. in the wind tunnel not only fuel consumption and handling but also the level of comfort by the vehicle occupants — the comfort. The airstream flowing the car at speed can make itself in many ways, and impair comfort with loud high-frequency whistling or sonorous It is the task of aero-acoustic specialists to and assess this background and eliminate the sources of intrusive The progress they have is audible in the new M-Class.

The doors a particular focal point for the technicians. Care was already during the design stage to that the outer and inner for a rigid, vibration-resistant structure by of various reinforcing sections, and the window frames in particular are robust. In this way airstream-induced of the window frames at high was reduced by more than In addition the door edges a continuous double seal and in some areas even a seal — to ensure no wind noises are audible. The windows also make a contribution to noise insulation: the thickness has been increased by 0.3 mm to 4.1 versus the preceding series.

The pillars, roof trim and exterior mirror housings also subjected to aero-acoustic using special microphones, contoured so that no disturbing noises are generated.


Mercedes summarise the individual results of aero-acoustic measures in the form of a index. This not only measured values such as and frequency into account, but the subjective perception of noises may not be loud but can certainly be irritating. The index for the new M-Class has been to 50, which is an approx. 50-per-cent versus the preceding series and the exemplary level for the E Class. The new therefore occupies a peak among off-roaders in terms of comfort as well.

Unimpaired in the rain

Aerodynamics also an important contribution to driving with measures which the driver a unrestricted visibility the front side windows in the Mercedes engineers achieved by directing the rainwater to the rear, or to the sides. In the new M-Class the side in the driver’s main field of remain clear because the hitting the windscreen is collected in channels on the A-pillars, then to the rear across the roof the help of the slipstream and drained downwards by a channel at the rear of the roof. This even well during a heavy The housings of the exterior mirrors are in such a way that rainwater to the outside in an unobtrusive, continuous and drains away.

Windscreen wipers from the tunnel

The windscreen wipers of the new were also developed in the tunnel: they are known as Instead of the articulated retention used for conventional wiper in which the rubber blades are the aero wiper consists of a rubber section with an spoiler and externally mounted rails; these precisely the curve of the windscreen. The spring ensure an even distribution of pressure along the entire of the wiper blade, so that it operates with the greatest contact pressure. The result is better wiping quality, in heavy snow. Dispensing the conventional claw-mounted system, is prone to icing in winter reduces the installed height of the by almost half. This a noticeable reduction in windscreen noise.

The new M-Class is equipped an efficient two-arm wiper with special kinematics: the left wiper arm moves a fixed axis, its counterpart on the executes and additional lifting to wipe an even larger of the windscreen. This provides the with optimal visibility. A sensor is standard equipment in the

Bi-xenon headlamps with Light System and cornering function

Good visibility a high level of safety. In of this, Mercedes engineers also improved the headlamps of the In addition to the standard halogen headlamps for high and low beam, are automatically switched on or off by a sensor on the foglamps in the bumper cladding and lighting in the mirror housings, high-tech lighting systems are available for the new off-roader. The bi-xenon package offers two additional which make driving safer in the dark:

Active System: The headlamps follow the movements of the driver and rapidly to the relevant side when the car a bend. This improves illumination by up to 90 per cent: whereas the illumination range when a bend with a radius of 190 is approx. 30 metres, this by a further 25 metres with the new technology. Because the light corresponds to the current steering the driver recognises the course of a sooner than with low-beam headlamps. Active work both on high and low

Cornering light function: function is activated when the uses the indicators or turns the wheel, and illuminates the side ahead of the vehicle to an angle of up to 60 with a range of approx. 30 In this way the cornering light make areas of the road which would remain with conventional headlamp when turning a corner. means that pedestrians and can be seen clearly even in the The driver also has better when negotiating bends at speeds (up to 40 km/h). The oval of the cornering lights are accommodated in the cladding; they also as foglamps.

The equipment package bi-xenon headlamps, Active System and the cornering light also includes dynamic control and a headlamp washer using high-pressure water

Suspension: Top-class technology for the and off-road

Whether taking at speed, on long motorway or on difficult terrain, the suspension of the new is equal to any challenge. Mercedes have newly developed the steering, brakes and suspension, and them to match the varied requirements of the off-roader. The result is a masterpiece which meets the demands in terms of both dynamics and ride comfort. customer wishes can now also be met respect to suspension technology: options include an AIRMATIC with the Adaptive Damping (ADS) and the Offroad Pro technical with differential locks, ratios, an underride guard and with extended functions for greater ground clearance.

The wheels are located by a newly double-wishbone suspension whose wishbone is located in a high In conjunction with the robust engine, transmission, steering and this suspension principle has Mercedes engineers to achieve an compromise between a high capacity, good ride and exemplary handling characteristics. The wishbone is of forged aluminium, the lower wishbone and steering are of nodular cast iron. rubber bearings isolate the from the vehicle body and a major contribution to the vibration of the new M-Class.

This front with its high control arm is with spring struts longer spring travel and effective rubber bearings better ride comfort the preceding series. The spring contain cylindrical coil single-tube gas-pressure shock and large head bearings. The bar stabiliser is attached to the spring by a linkage.

Speed-sensitive steering as

The steering gear of the new M-Class is in front of the wheel centre, and where it can support the slight but controlled understeer of the off-roader on The servo-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has a ratio which operates a more directly in the central than in the outer positions. comfort is provided by the speed-sensitive which continuously reduces the effort below 100 km/h as a of vehicle speed. This is possible by an electronically controlled the lower the speed, the higher the effect. Accordingly only the steering effort is required parking the vehicle than driving on the motorway, where the steering provides good contact. This comfort is standard equipment in the new Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has developed a four-spoke wheel with a diameter of 385 for the M-Class whose diecast structure is designed to deform during a frontal collision, reducing the risk of injury to the The steering wheel is an important of the operating and display concept its conveniently placed, illuminated as it allows various functions as the radio, car telephone or the central in the instrument cluster to be operated by thumb pressure.

The newly steering column, which is to collapse telescopically by up to 100 millimetres a frontal collision, can be individually for height and reach. Electric is also available as an option.

developed four-link technology at the axle

Like the front the rear axle is mounted on a which is effectively isolated the bodyshell by two rubber bearings and two Mercedes engineers have a four-link suspension design mainly consists of the following

Lower wishbone: This component is made from cast iron.

Upper arm: This is an assembly of steel camber arms and steel rods.

Track These are located behind the centre and are of welded tubular

The rear axle coil and single-tube shock absorbers are in line. A torsion bar stabiliser is used.

AIRMATIC air suspension in and off-road configurations

The AIRMATIC air system (optional) developed by proves its versatility in the new Mercedes-Benz It not only makes a significant to ride comfort, but also additional functions for off-road

Mercedes customers are offered a the AIRMATIC package provides an air configured for on-road operation automatically lowers the suspension by 15 at higher speeds. For off-road this system enables the clearance to be increased by 80 millimetres at the of a button. The second AIRMATIC which is part of the Offroad Pro package, enables the vehicle to be raised in three stages by a button: by 30, 80 and 110 millimetres. This the new M-Class its maximum ground of 291 millimetres.

It is possible to raise or the suspension both when or on the move. If the M-Class is moving, the operates on a speed-dependent basis and lowers the suspension by 15 millimetres at axles when 140 km/h is in order to reduce the air resistance and handling stability. When the falls below 40 km/h the is raised to its normal level Other features of the air suspension include an automatic all-round control function, which that the suspension travel constant even when the is fully loaded.

Adaptive absorber control according to the situation

In both variants Standard works together the Adaptive Damping System which controls the shock response in line with while taking the road driving style and load consideration. Selectable solenoid in the shock absorbers enable the and compression damping to be modified to the situation, which considerably body movements. The so-called algorithm controls the damping at each wheel in such a way the wheel-induced forces acting on the body are reduced. Thanks to precise control for each wheel, the two front wheels can be damped more heavily the rear wheels to reduce the of the body to dive when Depending on the control command, the are able to select one of four curves within an extremely response time of less 0.05 seconds:

Stage 1: suspension action with body movements and low acceleration owing to soft compression and settings.

Stage 2: Skyhook — soft rebound and a hard compression setting.

3: Skyhook mode — compression setting and hard setting.

Stage 4: Hard and compression setting to reduce load fluctuations when at speed.

When body are small the new M-Class operates in ADS 1. If body acceleration values a certain level, the system over to the skyhook algorithm and its rapid-response solenoid valves to switch between the second and damping stage to compensate the and diving movements of the vehicle The current driving situation is by means of a steering angle three body-mounted acceleration the speedometer signal giving the speed, data from the Stability Program (ESP®) and the from the brake pedal On the basis of this information the control unit calculates the efficient damping forces and the relevant characteristic curves for the absorbers.

In addition the driver is to influence the changeover thresholds the four ADS stages, as well as the rate, by pressing a button in the console. There is a choice of modes: Auto, Sport and

The variable ADS gas-pressure shock and air spring are integrated into a strut at the front axle of the new At the rear axle the ADS shock is located behind the air spring. bar stabilisers are also used at the front and rear.

Larger and rear brake discs

The new features generously dimensioned, ventilated front brake In the six-cylinder models these a diameter of 330 millimetres — 27 more than before. The ML 500 is equipped with even brake discs (350 At the rear axle Mercedes-Benz solid disc brakes a diameter of 330 millimetres — 45 more than in the previous

Sports package with light-alloy wheels

Wide-base and 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels the sporty, dynamic appearance of the new M-Class. The six-cylinder models are with 17-inch light-alloy in a seven-spoke design and size R 17 wide-base tyres as standard. The ML 500 has light-alloy wheels in the five-spoke design and size 255/55 R 18 A different 18-inch wheel in a twin-spoke design with R 18 tyres is optionally available for all the variants.

The wheels Mercedes-Benz in conjunction with the sports are even larger and more these 19-inch light-alloy in a five-spoke design are also available in a chrome-plated version creates an additional visual

ESP® with tyre warning function

ABS, ESP®, Brake Assist these well-proven dynamic systems developed by Mercedes-Benz are equipment in the new M-Class.

The Electronic Program not only keeps the safely on course, but also the tyre pressures in its latest the system continuously compares the rotation speeds, which depend on the vehicle speed, load and tyre pressures. It is able to detect any significant In addition the control unit monitors other dynamic such as the lateral acceleration, yaw and wheel torque in order to any pressure loss in a tyre though this system not measure the actual air pressure in tyre. If a loss of pressure is in a tyre, a warning appears in the central display: Tyre check tyres. This function for tyre pressure based on ESP® technology is equipment in the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

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