2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Goes Official – rpmGo.com

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

After several batches of spy shots, we finally get to see the new generation of the M-Class in all its German crossover glory. We’ll have live shots of the car in September when Mercedes will bring it to the Frankfurt Motor Show for an official unveiling.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The new M-Class features a more prominent front grille, wraparound taillights, sculpted sides and a generous selection of 17- to 21-inch alloy rims. Inside the cabin, noticeable upgrades can be noticed as the interior sports materials of higher quality while the dashboard looks a little bit like the one on the S-Class, featuring a wide swatch of wood trim. The center console is now considerably wider and there are new aluminum accents, along with an optional panoramic roof and an updated COMAND system.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

When it will hit the dealerships, MB will offer the M-Class with three engines. The ML 250 will be the cheapest model, featuring a 4-cylinder, 2.1-liter Bluetec engine that generates 201 hp (204 PS / 150 kW) and 369 lb.-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The mid-range model is the ML 350 Bluetec, featuring a V6 3.0-liter diesel power unit that produces 254 hp (258 PS / 190 kW) and 457 lb.-ft (619 Nm) of torque, which should allow for a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 7.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 139 mph (224 km/h).

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The most powerful model which will be available upon launch is going to be the ML 350 BlueEfficiency, packing a V6 3.5-liter engine that delivers 302 hp (306 PS / 225 kW) and 273 lb.-ft (370 Nm) of torque. With this engine, the M-Class will be able to hit a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

All of these engines are going to be mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox and an AWD system. In addition, all three models will sport a selective damping suspension. Optional features to choose from include the self-leveling Airmatic air suspension, along with the Active Curve System.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

No word about an AMG version, but we’ll definitely see one in the next couple of years, if not sooner.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Source: Mercedes-Benz via WCF