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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

DROPPA’S CHOICE

“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 good for and 370Nm, thanks to third-generation fuel-injection and new piezo injectors an injection pressure of 200 bar, ignition and a new stratified combustion giving it a quoted fuel of 8.8 litres per 100km.

Switchgear and of the controls will be familiar to ML owners, says Droppa, but the new has a sportier and more modern

The ML 500 has a new V8 direct-injection engine boasting and 600Nm, while warming the at only 287g/km of CO2.

The ML 63 AMG’s V8 engine is tuned for and 700Nm, with CO2 emissions of

“Of these only the 350 was available to drive at the launch,” Droppa. “It offered plucky performance from its 3.5-litre engine, along a fuel-consumption figure of 11.2 per 100 (compared to the 8.8 litre claim).”

MILD OFF-ROAD COURSE

For the time, the M-Class chassis steel suspension has selective

The very mild off-road we drove didn’t reveal about the ML’s dirt-duelling said Droppa, “except it has a class-leadingly small turning But it does have the necessary toys should owners to scratch that nice 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 SHAPE OF

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.

PASSENGER GETS AN UPGRADE

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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