This week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled official pictures and some details on its third-generation M-Class. It seems that after the leaked images of the upcoming vehicle were posted on the Internet on June 7, the company decided that there is no more need to hide the new face of the SUV. The M is planned to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. And it's rumored to go on sale in the US in September 2011.
The new-generation crossover underwent various changes. As for the exterior, the SUV comes with the swept back headlights, wrap-around tail lights, wide chrome grille, and panoramic roof. To optimize the bodywork and provide class-leading aerodynamics, M-Benz uses lightweight materials for the front suspension and wings of the new M-Class. The elements of the interior remained the same yet the housing changed. The dash trim is offered in four types of wood, and the material options for the seats and door panels include artificial, genuine, and napa leather, as well as microfiber.
In the US, the M-Class will be available in two configuration designations: ML350 Bluetec with a revised 3.0-L diesel V6, and ML350 BlueEfficiency with a direct-injected 3.5-L V6. The engines will be mated to the 7G Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic transmission. The M-Class will arrive with a new On&Offroad package that provides 6 transmission modes: automatic, two off-road, and three on-road (sport, trailer, and winter). The SUV will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 10 seconds. With this, the engine will be more efficient, returning 47 mpg on the combined cycle, and more environmentally friendly, emitting approximately 100 grams of CO2 per mile. After the initial launch, the range of M-Class models will be added with the hybrid and traditional V8-powered AMG version.