Mercedes Announce 3rd Generation ML SUV
Mercedes have announced details of the revised ML, the 3rd generation of the vehicle which remains very close to the established formula that has made the model successful as well as adding improvements over its predecessors.
Mercedes have had to address the environmental performance of their big SUV vehicle which modern day opinion demands and will offer the new ML with a brand new 4 cylinder diesel which will allow the car to travel more than 900 miles on a single tank of fuel as well as a variety of petrol and diesel variants that will offer improved economy.
The new ML shares the same architecture as Jeep’s Grand Cherokee although the wheelbase and kerb weight will remain virtually unchanged from the current model. Although Mercedes have not confirmed the final specs for UK models it is widely expected that the new ML will feature additional features and improved safety as well as noise insulation.
Mercedes will release a hybrid version of the ML later on in the year but for now the green credentials will be championed by the ML250 Bluetec, the 4 cylinder twin turbo producing 201 bhp and 368lb ft of torque and replacing the old 300CDI V6 model which produced the same power but the new model using 28% less fuel. Mercedes will also offer the ML350 Bluetec which uses a V6 diesel engine and produces 254bhp allowing the ML to get to 62mph in 7.4 seconds. Mercedes expect the ML250 Bluetec to account for over 30% of European sales.