2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class unveiled, AMG and hybrid versions coming soon

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is here. Besides a brand new exterior redesign, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets the usual outstanding Benz quality craftsmanship interior.

The new 2012 M-Class, which shares its underpinnings with the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, will go on sale in the United States this fall and will be available in three variants including 2012 ML 250 Bluetec 4Matic, 2012 ML 350 Bluetec 4Matic and 2012 ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency.

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Power for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 250 Bluetec 4Matic comes from a 2.1L 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine making 204-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 Bluetec gets a new 3.0L V6 turbocharged diesel making 258-hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph comes in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 139 mph. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4Matic BlueEfficiency will be the only gasoline model available at launch. It will be powered by a 3.5L V6 unit making 306-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 62 mph comes in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 147 mph.

All three versions of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class come with all-wheel drive and feature a 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M can be ordered with additional options including Active Curve System dynamic roll stabilization, Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Intelligent Light System, Night View Assist Plus with automatic person recognition, Speed Limit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio, system, Active Park Assist, reverse camera and autonomous braking.

The new On&Offroad package gives the driver six transmission modes to match with different terrain conditions. There is one automatic mode, two off-road modes and three on-road modes.

Mercedes-Benz will add an AMG and Hybrid version later on.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Mercedes-Benz (via InsideLine)