M-Class 2012-2015
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At a glance

Powered by a range of sophisticated downsized four- and six-cylinder BlueTEC diesel powerplants, the third-generation M-Class combines dynamic design and carry-all versatility with class-leading efficiency. It’s the large SUV with a conscience. A central member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line-up that includes the GLA, G and GL Classes, the M-Class range comprises the ML 250 BlueTEC and ML 350 BlueTEC, available in either SE Executive or AMG Line trim. The range is topped by the petrol-powered ML 63 AMG.

Downsized BlueTEC four-cylinder diesel engine

The ML 250 BlueTEC is powered by an advanced 2,143cc four-cylinder CDI engine, replacing 2,987cc V6 CDI in the previous M-Class range. Despite its smaller capacity, it develops identical power and torque figures to the V6 – 204 hp at 4,200 rpm, and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 1,800 rpm – sufficient to propel it from 0-62 mph in 9.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph. This downsized four-cylinder engine posts combined economy and CO2 emission figures of 45.6 mpg and 163 g/km. It drives both axles through intelligent electronic all-wheel drive and seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, complete with ECO start/stop.

Muscular BlueTEC six-cylinder diesel power

Beneath the ML 350 BlueTEC’s bonnet is a powerful 2,987cc V6 diesel that generates 258 hp at 3,600 rpm and 620 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,400 rpm, which powers the ML 350 BlueTEC to 62 mph in just 7.4 seconds and onto a 139 mph top speed, while returning combined economy and CO2 emission figures of 39.2 mpg and 189 g/km. It drives both axles through 4MATIC intelligent electronic all-wheel drive and seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, complete with ECO start/stop.

BlueTEC technology

The BlueTEC system injects AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution, into the exhaust gas stream. This chemical reaction releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 per cent of the harmful nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gases into harmless nitrogen and water.

Advanced aerodynamics

With its low drag coefficient of 0.32, the ML 250 BlueTEC is the most aerodynamically efficient SUV in its class. The car’s wind-cheating abilities are enhanced by its front wheel spoilers, redesigned exterior mirror housings, side spoilers on the rear window, aerodynamic light alloy wheels and sealed joints between the bonnet and the headlamps that all help to channel air cleanly around the car at speed.

Generous Standard Equipment

Sumptuous levels of standard specification include 19-inch AMG five-spoke alloy wheels, Audio 20 radio/CD with Becker® Map Pilot navigation system, automatic climate control, tactile brushed aluminium cabin trim, LED daytime running lights, Direct Steering variable-assistance power steering, Active Park Assist including self-parking Parktronic, Easy-Pack electronic tailgate opening/closing, and dynamic AMG body styling with front and rear aprons and side skirts.

Safety first

The ML is available with a full gamut of the latest Mercedes-Benz passive and active safety features and telematics options. Seven airbags are standard along with Attention Assist to monitor the alertness of the driver, the Pre-Safe® anticipatory safety system and Active Bonnet which provides better protection for pedestrians in a collision. Further standard safety features include Anti-lock braking system with Brake Assist and ESP® Electronic Stability Programme.

SE Executive and AMG Line – distinctly different

The intelligent electronic four-wheel-drive 4MATIC system features a 45:55 torque split between the front and rear axles and a multi-disc limited-slip centre differential, which is to shift the drive torque 70:30 between the axles as road conditions dictate. Consequently, intervention by the ESP®, 4ETS or ASR electronic control systems can be delayed for as long as possible and the bulk of the drive torque converted into tractive power, even on slippery roads.

Carry anything anywhere

The rear seats have adjustable backrests and are split one-third/two-thirds to give the maximum degree of interior versatility. There is an armrest and cup holder and a through-loading feature for long objects such as skis. Folding both backrests as well as the seat cushions forward creates a level load compartment with a vast capacity of 2,010 litres – almost three times the standard luggage capacity of 690 litres.

Dynamic on-road handling

The steel suspension now includes selective damping, which automatically takes into account the speed of the car and the kind of terrain it is being driven on when choosing the shock absorber responses. Further dynamic options include AirMATIC air suspension with self-levelling and Adaptive Damping System, Active Curve System cornering roll stabilisation and the On- & Off-Road Package.

Dimensions and weights

The M-Class models have a length x width x height of 4,804 x 2,141 x 1,796 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,915 mm. The ML 250 BlueTEC weighs 2,150 kg, while the ML 350 BlueTEC weighs 2,175 kg. The ML 250 BlueTEC can pull a 2,950 kg braked trailer, or a trailer of 750 kg unbraked, while the ML 350 BlueTEC can pull a 3,500 kg braked trailer, or a trailer of 750 kg unbraked. Electronic Trailer Stability Assist, which counters any tendency of the trailer to fishtail, is fitted as standard.

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