The BMW X5 is in huge trouble. Mercedes-Benz had recently announced their new successor to their M-Class which will set to dominate the X5 market. This is not just a heavy facelift but an all-new model. With sleeker design and more roomy interior.
The new M-Class features CLS inspired headlights and E-Class-like rear lights. The front bumper will also have integrated LED day-time-running-lights and also LEDs for the rear. Overall the new M-Class looks much more aggressive and also more sporty.
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The car also has more interior space being 35mm wider at the front and 24mm at the rear. The interior also features redesign and simplified dashboard with a huge center LCD screen with Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND multimedia system as standard. Customers are also able to choose between four different wood veneer or even aluminium for the interior.
Premium models will also get leather covered dashboard. No matter which model you choose, you will be sure to get generous amount of leather on the inside. But despite being a larger car, the M-Class can still sit only 5 passengers only, so the 7-seater X5 may still attract customers who are looking for a 7-seater SUV.
Below are the engine choices available for the M-Class:
ML250 BlueTec: 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, 201bhp, 0 – 100 km/h (62mph) in 9 seconds.
ML350CDI BlueTec: 3.0-litre twin-turbodiesel V6 , 254bhp, 0 – 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.4 seconds.
ML 350 BlueEfficiency: 3.5-litre V6, 306bhp
Besides these engines, a hybrid version using the same engine as the ML250 but mated with an electric motor will be coming soon as well as a more exciting ML63 AMG with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8. All models comes with four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Adaptive dampers are available as an option as well as other cool gadgets such as night vision and radar cruise control.
And for those who will drive the car off-road frequently, an off-road package is available too, giving you increased ground clearence, off-road tires, larger 93 liters fuel tank, under body panels and other off-road equipments. But if you are really an off-road person, you would have bought a Range Rover instead. The all new Mercedes-Benz M-Class will go on sale on April 2012 in the UK.