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It's been a decade since the original car company finally started production in the US deep south and that means it's time for special edition model to celebrate. In September 1997 Mercedes-Benz starting building the ML 320 in Tuscaloosa Alabama. After a rough start that included complaints about poor build quality and sub-par materials, Mercedes made design changes that alleviated many of those problems. Now that the ML is into it's second generation as it celebrates it's tenth birthday, Mercedes has announced the ML 350 "Edition 10."
The anniversary edition gets all gussied up on the inside with black leather, birch, macadamia wood trim and an aluminum instrument cluster. Only 1,000 examples will be offered up in the US market with Obsidian Black or Arctic White paint, along with assorted trim pieces to set it apart from run of the mill MLs. The obligatory "Edition 10" label appears on exterior badges and on the floor mats inside. All the details are in the press release after the jump.
MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES "EDITION 10" M-CLASS LUXURY SUV
ML350 "Edition 10" Model Celebrates a Decade of M-Class in the U.S.
MONTVALE, NJ – This September marks the ten-year anniversary of the M-Class, the first SUV built by Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. To help celebrate this important milestone, Mercedes-Benz is launching a special limited edition of its popular M-Class sport utility that's appropriately badged "Edition 10." The V6-powered ML350 Edition 10 model features a unique Birch Wood and Macadamia and Black leather interior with an aluminum instrument cluster and sport pedals. With 1,000 vehicles scheduled to be offered in the U.S., the limited-production Edition 10 comes in a choice of Obsidian Black or Arctic White paint with eye-catching black headlight surrounds, tinted tail lights and a chrome shadow finish on the grille as well as the front and rear skid plates. Its exterior and interior are finished with aluminum "Edition 10" badging and floor mats.
Limited-Production M-Class Edition 10 Loaded with Features
In addition to its exclusive exterior and interior finish, the Edition 10 comes with an enhanced list of standard equipment. A rear-view camera, GPS navigation, power liftgate, rain-sensor wipers and heated front seats are all standard, along with a harman/kardon premium audio system with six-disc CD changer, rear audio controls, Sirius satellite radio and an integrated hands-free phone system.
The new ML350 Edition 10 is part of the 2008 M-Class family that includes the fuel-efficient ML320 CDI diesel with a 215-hp V-6 engine, the ML350 (the most popular M-Class model) with a 268-hp V-6, the powerful new ML550 with a 382-hp V-8, and the high-performance ML63 AMG with a 503-hp V-8. The M-Class line features a sleek exterior with a unibody platform and four-wheel independent suspension that deliver impressive on-road driving performance and comfort. Useful technology abounds in the M-Class, including a standard seven-speed automatic transmission, full-time four-wheel-drive and four-wheel traction control.
The First Sport Utility That Drove Like a Mercedes
When the 1998 Mercedes-Benz M-Class first arrived, the new sport utility vehicle started a trend that inspired the entire auto industry to shift toward more luxurious car-like SUVs. Launched as the only sport utility in its class with four-wheel independent suspension, the original M-Class was one of the first to be designed from the ground up, rather than being based on an existing truck platform. The first-generation M-Class won many awards, including the prestigious North American Truck of the Year.
During the eight-year life cycle of the first-generation vehicle, more than 570,000 M-Class SUVs were produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with about half of them sold in the U.S. The second-generation M-Class reasserted its industry leadership in a highly competitive market that had grown dramatically since the launch of the original Mercedes-Benz SUV.