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Driven in SA: new Mercedes M-Class

7 2012 at 04:18pm

Front of new M-Class is bold and chunky, as if to belie the downsized engines it.

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The third-generation M-Class — released in Africa this week comes with a raft of and handling developments, as well as technology that the maker will reduce fuel by a claimed 23-28 percent the range.

The new entry-level ML 250 BlueTec is quoted at an average of 6.5 litres per (165g CO2/km), which give it a range on its standard tank of close to 1500km.

Droppa, editor of our sister Star Motoring, drove it at the launch.

“We didn’t get near those optimistic he said. “The onboard showed more than litres over a route comprised mostly cruising the at the speed limit.

“But the output of that turbodiesel is impressive, and 150kW and a gutsy of torque are quite lofty for four-cylinder engine’s comparatively 2.2-litre capacity, and it’s for a 210km/h top speed and 0-100km/h in seconds, according to its maker.

“At altitude there’s initial turbo lag even that maximum torque’s on tap at just 1600rpm, but the problem mostly disappear at sea level.

side window melds the tailgate glass, mirroring the two-part LED tail-light clusters. squared-off tail-pipes tell you is the ML 63 AMG.

“Effortless cruising is the 250 BlueTEC’s real forte like the other two ML models I it all takes place in a hushed


“The of the range, in my opinion, is the other model, the 350 BlueTec, which 190kW and 620Nm of lag-free in its silken boxing glove.”

extensively-revised three-litre V6 runs the sprint in 7.4 secs and tops out at Fuel consumption is quoted at 7.4 litres per 100km — 24 less than the outgoing CDI. For the record, Droppa “a still-decent 9.2”.

The models are the V6-engined ML350, ML500 and the range-topping ML 63 AMG V8 which out 386kW.

The ML 350 4Matic V6 petrol is for 225kW and 370Nm, thanks to direct fuel-injection and new piezo with an injection pressure of 200 multi-spark ignition and a new stratified process, giving it a quoted consumption of 8.8 litres per 100km.

Switchgear and layout of the controls be familiar to existing ML owners, Droppa, but the new design has a sportier and modern ambience.

The ML 500 has a new V8 direct-injection boasting 300kW and 600Nm, warming the planet at only of CO2.

The range-topping ML 63 AMG’s V8 is tuned for 386kW and 700Nm, CO2 emissions of 276g/km.

“Of only the 350 version was available to at the launch,” said Droppa. offered honest, plucky from its normally-aspirated 3.5-litre along with a fuel-consumption of 11.2 litres per 100 (compared to the 8.8 claim).”


For the first time, the chassis with steel has selective damping.

The very off-road course we drove reveal much about the dirt-duelling capability,” said “except that it has a class-leadingly turning circle. But it does the necessary traction-enhancing toys owners wish to scratch nice paintwork out in the bundu.

“Permanent all-wheel drive, descent control and an off-road mode come part of the package while for extra you can specify the Airmatic height-adjustable air

“There’s also an optional package that offers six modes (one automatic two special off-road modes and on-road modes, at the twist of a knob on the centre console) to varying terrain, along low range, an centre differential and the ability to raise the maximum clearance to 285mm.”

The package includes an underguard and a two-stage case with reduction

Also optional are active bars that compensate for the angle of the body through they’re not available on the ML 250 but are standard on the ML 63.

safety kit includes drowsiness the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety tyre pressure monitoring, brake lights and brake Active assistance systems as lane keeping assist and assist options.


The front treatment is “the but more so”, with a chunky grille and a big central star.

The signature ML C pillar its cue from earlier generations, but the line slopes more down to the tailgate for a more look.

There’s no visible D the rear side window into the tailgate glass, the wrap-around, two-part LED tail-light

Mercedes-Benz ML 500 W163

The rear bumper, has a chromed guard in a new ‘wing design’ defines the characteristic appearance of the rear end.

Available range from light and optimised 18-inchers through to 20” hoops. Optional AMG rims are available for the ML 63 AMG.


The sloping contours of the dashboard in the passenger area afford an sense of space, and the new M-Class has more elbow room its predecessor — an extra in front and 25mm at the rear.

The have been designed, Mercedes Benz to offer comfort and optimum lateral All key settings can be adjusted electrically and the backrests are adjustable for angle. both backrests as well as the cushions forward creates a load compartment with a of 2010 litres up to the roof

Droppa noted: “Noise, and harshness in Merc’s luxury SUV been quelled to the extent you could hear fleas in the cabin.

“There’s been an in the look and feel of the now even spacious passenger quarters. The and layout of the controls will be to existing ML owners, but the new design has a and more modern ambience, with the optional Sports

“This goes hand in with an exceptionally solid and supple ride, making for a that wafts along in grand Mercedes way.”

The new comes with a twin-tuner an MP3/WMA/AAC-compatible CD player with shuttle, a telephone keypad and a USB with CD Cover Art display on the colour display.

There’s an socket in the centre armrest, Bluetooth connectivity allows telephony and audio streaming.

The Comand Online multimedia with high-resolution 178mm display provides internet in the M-Class for the first time. can either browse freely the car is stationary or use a Mercedes-Benz App with that load Extremely and are also easy to use when on the

ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic — 500

ML 350 BlueTec 4Matic — 000

ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency — 000

ML 500 4Matic BlueEfficiency — 900

ML 63 AMG — R1 380 000

The M-Class range standard with a six-year or 120 MobiloDrive maintenance plan.

Mercedes-Benz ML 500 W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 500 W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 500 W163

Mercedes-Benz ML 500 W163


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