2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Click either image for high-res gallery

Mercedes-Benz will launch its 2012 M-Class crossover in the United States this fall, complete with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines as well as some styling updates. GLobally, the M-Class will be initially offered in ML250 Bluetec, ML350 Bluetec and ML350 BlueEfficiency designations, all of which are mated to 4Matic all-wheel drive. Hybrid and AMG variants are also said to be in the works.

2012 Mercedes-Benz MLThe base ML250 will be powered by a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder, rated at 204 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the ML350 Bluetec uses Merc's revised 3.0-liter diesel V6, good for 258 hp and 457 lb-ft. The gas-powered ML350 BlueEfficiency uses the direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 now found in the C- and E-Class vehicles, generating 306 hp and 273 lb-ft in this application. All three engines will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2012 ML shares its platform with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, an optional self-leveling Airmatic suspension with selective damping is available, as is a new "On&Offroad" package that offers six different transmission modes to match driving conditions. Wheel sizes range anywhere from 17 to 21 inches in diameter.

Inside, it's the usual smattering of Mercedes-Benz style and technology, though we like how things have been greatly smoothed out versus the current ML. In addition, the COMAND infotainment system has been updated for 2012, and now offers Internet access.

We'll be driving the 2012 M-Class in the coming months, so stay tuned for our full impressions.


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      Splicer436
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry to say, but somewhere between the high waist-line, small wheel arches and overall proportions, it definitely looks fatter and just overall less exciting than the outgoing model. Hopefully the AMG version will be more of a looker!
      godwhomismike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cheer the diesel engines finding their way in more and more vehicles, but sad that they seem limited to high end vehicles. It would be nice to see an affordable small SUV with a diesel engine sold in the US.
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @godwhomismike
        The Grand Cherokee is supposed to be getting a diesel option soon. Hopefully they will make it available with the lower trim models to help keep the price down.
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had been really excited and eager to find out what the new model will look like (current model owner). Well the cat is out of the bag. Exterior. For my taste some of the lines and parts are disjointed. Some of the lines don't flow like with the current model. Kind of if you tried to make another SUV took like an ML. Overall I'm OK with the front. Thumbs down on the glk sides with the fold lines & shadow box and the new back end. The new light setup in the rear departs from the traditional ML setup and therefor makes it not an "iconic" ML. Note that I have nothing against additional lights etc as more individual lights = safer. I was just speaking style wise. Interior wise. Don't like the seat controls on the door. The "edition" interior is way over the top. Will review the pictures on the desktop in a while (currently only seen them pocket size). But, who thought the the three round knobs for suspension, traction, and ? are a great idea positioned on the console next to the passenger? Guess it is a copy from the Jeep ... Would prefer those on a little row on the dash under the a/c controls, where they have currently/traditionally been. Does this new model have window defrost? Like it should have always had? It has been omitted on mine and is a **** to drive in a snow storm. Traction all you want, but you can't see because you can't keep the ice & snow off the wipers, they freeze up a little, flex away, ... First car ever that has done that to me in the snow. So much for "arctic testing".
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You've got the hp number wrong on the ML350 Bluetec. It's 258hp and 457lb-ft tq. Speaking of which, I'm really liking this new ML350 Bluetec. Plenty of HP, ridiculous low end torque, 7-speed automatic, an off-road package, built in internet access.......when it comes time to get rid of my Envoy Denali I might have to give this thing a look.
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Mercedes-Benz will launch its 2012 M-Class crossover in the United States this fall, complete with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines" Four cylinder engines in the ML, in the U.S.?? That has to be a typo. They won't even give us 4-bangers in the c-class. you people is crazy.
      ApplePie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not loving the exterior. It resembles the GLK, which I don't think is a good thing. The interior however, is a huge improvement. Really classy.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 350CDI doesn't have 398hp. Its 260.
      • 3 Years Ago
      niceeeee
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the outgoing version might look a bit better, but I'd gladly trade that for the interior upgrades.
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      The restyle has robbed the car of its SUV'ness, without changing its shape. Big mistake. The lower, flatter headlights and taillights make the car look more station wagon than off-roader. Big mistake.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ammca66564
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      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      it´s okay but i liked the one before better
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite a step backwards from the last-gen. At least the lines were exciting and interesting on the last-gen. This looks sterile and blah...like a gussied-up, 2nd-gen Kia Sportage. WTH, Merc?! You were on a roll with the C- and E-Class, and completely dropped the ball with this!
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