The new 2012 M-Class crossover from Mercedes-Benz will soon be launched with improved aesthetics, upgraded interior and a range of 4- and 6-cylinder engines. The new M-Class will be initially offered in three designations: ML350 BlueEfficiency, ML350 Bluetec and ML250 Bluetec, all with 4Matic AWD system.
Based on the same platform as the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the crossover will come with an optional self-leveling Airmatic suspension and an “On&Offroad” package with six different transmission modes. Wheels will be from 17 to 21 inches in diameter.
All available engines – a 204-hp 2.1-liter engine for the base ML250, a 258-hp revised 3.0-liter V6 for the ML350 Bluetec, and a 306-hp direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 for the ML350 BlueEfficiency – come with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Inside the car, updates include a new infotainment system with Internet access.
The U.S. version will appear in the country sometime this fall and word has it that Mercedes is also planning an AMG and a hybrid version of the car.