Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2012MY M-Class SUV

Mercedes-Benz USA announced Thursday the all-new third-generation M-Class SUV. The all-wheel-drive SUV debuts with more contemporary styling and includes LED daytime running lights and taillights, chrome roof rails and optional panorama sunroof.

Interior features include a standard 7-inch display screen, electromechanical steering, optional climatized cupholders, PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist, multicolor ambient lighting and new entertainment and telematics systems.

The 2012MY M-Class also features new direct-injection powertrains. The ML350 BlueTEC is powered by a 50-state V6 turbodiesel now with 240 hp, 455 lb-ft of torque and 19-inch wheels.

The gasoline-powered ML350 4MATIC features a new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 generating 302 hp, 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 19-inch wheels.

In addition to more economical engines, the 2012MY M-Class has a new sevenspeed automatic transmission with a more fuel-efficient torque converter, friction-optimized bearings and a transmission oil thermal management system plus low-friction axle drives and electromechanical steering which all contribute to reducing fuel consumption, claims the company.

Added safety systems include the innovative ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system as standard equipment and available Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist.

The all-new 2012MY M-Class will make its U.S. retail debut in September 2011.

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