2012 MercedesBenz MClass Review Car Reviews

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Changes to latest ML seem but are significant

FAST FACTS

1. The 3.5L V6 gets direct to increase power to 302-hp and 273 of torque, while fuel also improves to 17/22-mpg.

2. The diesel makes 240-hp and 455 of torque, and is rated at 20/25-mpg.

3. being an all new model with new Mercedes has held pricing on the ML, starting at $49,865 or $51,365 for the diesel.

Despite the ML’s reputation for poor reliability and assembly, Mercedes-Benz stuck the project, investing billions of into the Alabama facility. The in ’05 was a redemption in terms of design, and overall quality. Mall lots full of the luxury SUV are the confirmation it had the right combination of power and safety.

After seven years, the ML is up for replacement, but heavy competition coming both established players in the and high-profile new entries, Mercedes-Benz have it easy. In 2012, no longer enough to just the three-pointed star on the grille – it has to much more than

NEW LOOK, NEW PLATFORM

The result is an SUV slightly longer and wider, but than before. The exterior less dramatic, but does over the sharper eyes, LED lights and wide rear from MB’s latest and coupes. The rear treatment the new E-Class Wagon, but brushed-aluminum front and rear help up the design. The thick, sharply C-pillar is carried through for the too.

The standard 19-inch with high-profile 255/50-series tires look positively stuffed into those big For now, no up-sized options in the of sharpening up the steering. The ML now uses assistance for its power steering – as to a hydraulic pump that power from the engine. the small gain in fuel its main benefit is a new active system that automatically the street sides for a suitable and guides you in without having to the wheel. The downside? No steering although the effort is well

Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler co-designed the and some shared components the skin, and we’ve already the positive results on the Jeep Cherokee. Double-wishbone front promises refinement and the multi-link design is a good compromise wheel travel and on-road From there, ‘Benz its own all-new active roll at both ends, which can control each corner than acting solely each axle on traditional

FAMILIAR GAS ENGINE GETS POWER, FUEL ECONOMY

A automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive are standard on ML, as is a laundry list of active and safety systems, including brake assist, stability and control. The typical Mercedes extends with lane-keep attention assist, radar-based cruise control, blind-spot and nine airbags, including one in the column to protect a driver’s Many bytes of data to keep you on the road and in one piece.

Motivation comes from two engines. The 3.5-liter gasoline V6 direct injection, which a total output of 302 horsepower and 273 of torque. The upgrades also fuel economy to 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the It’s smooth and refined, not very vocal in this

DIESEL OPTION THE SMART

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For a few dollars more, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is a worthwhile choice, now that off-season tweaks brought horsepower up to 240 and torque to a 455 lb-ft. All that extra doesn’t hit the pocketbook either it’ll return 20 mpg in the city and 25 on the road, despite the 300-lb penalty versus the gasoline

Despite their differences, models will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.3 and are both rated to tow 7,200 lb. we’d guess that the would be more comfortable in exercise.

Out on the road, the BlueTEC more effortless to drive a small flex of your foot unleashes Big-Block of torque, and passing maneuvers are stress-free affairs. The brakes are but the ML feels large and solid, not its size with agility-enhancing like the Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5. din reasonably low, although is some wind noise makes its way through all the glazing and deadening.

STUNNING CABIN, OF SPACE

The interior is a mix of old and new – the radio, controls and central COMMAND are familiar friends, but the rest of the seats and controls are new. the exterior, the cabin shares more traditional themes the E-Class sedan, but the materials are rate. Soft-touch plastics and mix well with wood and The heated seats are comfortable and in a half-dozen different ways, and the seats are more spacious before. Cargo area is holding 36 cu-ft with the up, and 71 cu-ft with everything flat.

Mercedes-Benz’ willingness to conform to popular opinion is shouted by the relocated turn signal which has been swapped the cruise control stalk. Why it until now to make the change, no one

Unlike some of its rivals, the ML is equipped for 2012 yet retains its price tag ($51,365 for the BlueTEC But there are still places customers can spend their bucks if desired. Two Premium active Xenon headlights, leather seating and a rear-seat system are just some of the You could easily tack $12K to the sticker without hard. For those itching for performance or tighter handling, the twin-turbocharged V8 ML550 and hot-rod will debut later in with suitably higher tags.

THE VERDICT

But even the basic ML is a compromise between luxury and While it’s hard to out any one area where the ‘Benz the improvements are small but significant. It be long before the parking of Whole Foods and Starbucks be jammed with them

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