Mercedes-Benz India has launched the all new 2012 M-class SUV in two editions; the first edition which is fully-loaded AMG package (with 20-inch AMG alloy wheels and AMG body kit), priced at Rs.66 lakh and while the second edition which is the standard model priced at Rs.56.9 lakh. The prices mentioned above are all ex-showroom Delhi. For the AMG variant, one will have to pay Rs. 10 lakh more than the standard model and is limited only to 100 units.
The new model is slightly longer(23mm) and wider(15mm) than the outgoing model which means you get more cabin space and pleased with comfort, and the height decrease(20mm) which gives it a sporty appeal. These changes give the car a dynamic look compared to its predecessor. While the pronounced wheel arches and eye-like headlights add to the SUV’s appeal. Mercedes has extensively reworked its predecessor’s chassis and double wishbone suspension to improve the dynamic properties and feedback of the over-two-tonne SUV.
On the inside the New M-Class features ample of space to accommodate 5 adults comfortably with enough legroom and headroom for each. It is built with high-quality materials, has a superb looking instrument cluster and gets a state-of-the-art entertainment systems and pretty instruments which include the Thermotronic Auto Climate Control, Memory Seats, Electric sliding sunroof, Wood/Leather steering wheel, Reversing Camera and Nine Airbags. The luggage space is decently copious and overall the car is an epitome of refinement and comfort.
Under the hood, the New M-Class is powered with a 3-litre engine that generates 258Bhp on tap from the turbo diesel V6 “Bluetec 4-Matic” engine mated to a 7-G Tronic Plus automatic transmission. The big diesel engine is capable of reaching 100kph in 7.4seconds with the help of 619Nm of torque and can attain a top speed of 224Kph. The SUV also gets tech like start-stop and permanent four-wheel drive as standard and an optional six-stage on/off-road package.
As per Mercedes-Benz India officials, the standard model will be available on-sale from the beginning of July as the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit. The company themselves call the new M-Class as the ‘S Class of SUVs’ because of the cutting edge technology, better fuel economy and handsome design. It will be positioned to take on the BMW X5 and the king of the segment, the Audi Q7 crossover. (See more picture and video of the same below the jump)
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