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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic

The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class sets a new benchmark in the SUV segment with its bold new design and low fuel consumption, and continues to innovate in the way it combines agility with comfort. Highlights of the 2012 M-Class include 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive, new developments to the chassis and innovative driving dynamics, all of which improve performance in both on-road and off-road situations. (continued below)

2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic Photo Gallery

Mercedes-Benz M-Class All-New for 2012

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Published: Fri Jun 10, 2011

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class features the new active and passive safety features that are now familiar for Mercedes-Benz. A characteristic body design together with a comfortable and versatile interior enhances the driving experience in the new M-Class.

The all-new 2012 M-Class will make its U.S. retail debut in September 2011 and includes two models: ML350 4Matic and ML350 BlueTEC.

Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development, commented: "The M-Class embodies all the automotive experience that we have accumulated over 125 years and thus represents - in short - a quantum leap in terms of efficiency, safety, agility and design!"

Effortlessly Superior, High-Quality Design

The body design of this new-generation model, with the very typical shape of its C-pillar, is full of character and immediately recognizable as an M-Class. Its styling, high-quality appeal and excellent ease of operation combine to give it a forceful presence. The front of the vehicle is dominated by the powerfully self-confident design of the radiator grille with its centrally positioned Mercedes star, giving it that typical M-Class look. The new styling of the headlamps conveys a high-quality, exclusive and innovative impression. The LED daytime running lamps are set in chrome inserts integrated into the bumpers. A deeper, broad, chrome-effect skid plate continues down from the lower edge of the radiator grille, reinforcing the impressive overall appearance.

Seen from the side, the elongated lines give formal emphasis to the on-road credentials of this vehicle, whose compact proportions are defined by a large wheelbase and short overhangs. The C-pillar that is so characteristic of this model series takes its cue from early generations of the M-Class and differentiates it very clearly in stylistic terms from its competitors. At the same time, the way the roof line slopes down to the rear underlines the sporty appeal of the new M-Class. No pillar is visible in the transition from the rear side window through to the rear windshield. This, together with the similarly wrap-around effect of the two-part taillights with LED fiber-optic technology, and the lowered roof with its large roof spoiler, add up to an overall seamless design. The rear bumper, which features an integrated chrome load sill guard in a new "wing design," defines the characteristic appearance of the SUV's rear end. The chrome finish of other product features, such as the roof rails, the beltline trim strip and the load compartment handle, emphasize the highquality appeal of the exterior.

In the U.S., available wheels range from the standard 19" Twin-Spoke alloy wheel through to 20-inch wheels with an elegant, high-quality appeal.

Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V6, Turbodiesel
Displacement 182 cu in (2987 cc)
Power 240 hp
Torque 455 lb-ft
Redline n/a
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed AutoMatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear R19 (Std.)
  R20 (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 20/25 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $51,365

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