Following our first drive of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class a couple of years ago, not much has changed in the land of Merc's midsize, two-row crossover. Sure, the high-performance ML63 AMG version followed the standard models, and reports of a BMW X6-fighting, coupe-like variant have surfaced, but aside from that, things have largely been quiet on the M-Class front.

Now, however, we have our first look at the refreshed luxury 'ute, due to arrive later this year as a 2015 model. As you can see in the photos, the M-Class is getting a heavily revised front fascia, likely incorporating the bolder front end design that we've seen on recent products like the C-, E- and S-Class, among others. Not too much seems to be changed 'round back, but we'd expect at least a slight taillamp nip/tuck before the new model hits the streets.

There's more newness inside, where we can clearly see Merc's redesigned center stack, complete with a larger – yet somehow less-nicely integrated – COMAND screen. There's a new steering wheel and new gauges, too. Typical mid-cycle refresh stuff, all around.

Our spies suggest some powertrain changes could be on tap, including a possible plug-in hybrid variant. That said, we won't rule out the normal gasoline and diesel offerings here in the States, in their usual V6 and V8 guises.

We'll know more when the refreshed M-Class sheds its camouflage later this year.


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      AWD Terror
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hope it gets the new turbocharged mill from the C400.
      daveogermany
      • 8 Months Ago
      As long as it gets a new backend. Hated those taillights since the last redo.
      traction_control
      • 8 Months Ago
      G, GL, GLA, GLK, and M "One of these things is not like the other" "One of these things, doesn’t belong" "Can you tell which thing is not like the other?" "By the time we finish our song"
      Leo Gonzales
      • 8 Months Ago
      no mention of the twin turbo V6 ML400? That's the bigger news missing here.
      J
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think it'd be better if they'd design the console more like the new S or C, which are pretty eye-catching overall. All-in-all, I preferred the design of the previous generation.
      Jonathan
      • 8 Months Ago
      Honestly, the M class has always been the most awkward car in Mercedes line up. The previous model was the best IMO, but even then, the interior was... well, it was weird. (In comparison to the other models.) This is by far the lest attractive one. Those tail lights alone ruin everything. I do like that they're shaped how Mercedes tail lights use to be shaped (longer on the bottom than on the top, does this make any sense?) but they just look so awkward. Then, it's like the top half of the car doesn't match the bottom. Like the top is more, "square" based. This either needs to be a MAJOR facelift like the W212, or they need to plan to make a BIG change to the M class. The GL is great, and the GLK FL really made the car look more upscale.
      Jimmy
      • 8 Months Ago
      It is still about 700 pounds too heavy. If the Range Rover can loose weight so can this slug!
      Carmaker1
      • 8 Months Ago
      One should know, that like the W212, this didn't fit in with design chief Gorden Wagener's design vision at Daimler AG/Benz. By the time he took over in June/July 2008, the W166 was already fully designed as evidenced by December 2008 internal photos of the MY2012 M-Class. From what I've heard, design work on the next generation (W167?) is already soon to be finished (due in 2017), so this facelift will be a 2015 model year release. Despite the proposed MLC, I do wonder if the "W167" will be renamed to GLE in being positioned parallel to the E-Class. Or maybe not, since the GL (X166) is already an XL M-Class with different sheetmetal. The X166 GL 2018 replacement needs to be more of an S-Class in SUV form, rather than a longer M-Class (W167).
      Jimmy
      • 8 Months Ago
      It is still about 700 pounds too heavy. If the Range Rover can loose weight so can this slug!
      Richard
      • 8 Months Ago
      I really wish I could get one with a little 3rd row...especially an ML63.
      Jimmy
      • 8 Months Ago
      It is still about 700 pounds too heavy. If the Range Rover can loose weight so can this slug!