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Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Ahead of its time, by any measure
The Redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 

The appeal of an SUV has always been imagining where you could go with it. And no SUV in history has brought that spirit to life like the M-Class. Fifteen years ago, the original M-Class was first to unite the capability and versatility of a midsize SUV with the luxury, performance and safety innovations that define a Mercedes-Benz. So how do you redesign a vehicle that redefined the SUV? Presenting the all-new third-generation 2012 M-Class. In a world where your choices in luxury SUVs have grown quite abundant, it once again leaps to the forefront with unexpected performance, unprecedented safety and unparalleled refinement.
For 2012, the M-Class resets the benchmark for SUVs. Featuring industry-exclusive safety systems and an exquisitely crafted cabin brimming with user-friendly innovations, the pioneer of 4-wheel independent suspension in SUVs sets new standards in comfort and control. Advanced gasoline and clean diesel engines combine responsive performance with responsible efficiency.
It’s quite possibly the most technologically advanced SUV on the road. Or wherever you take it.

While the dramatically styled 2012 M-Class sits about 3/4-inch lower than the previous model, the new SUV is nearly an inch longer and a half-inch wider. This eye-catching interpretation of a modern SUV makes a strong presence that projects trend-setting design and quality.

Mercedes-Benz begins the 2012 model year with two M-Class models - the thrifty ML350 BlueTEC diesel now has considerably more power (240 horsepower, 455 lb.-ft. of torque), while the popular ML350 4MATIC is equipped with a brand new direct-injection V6 engine (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.).

A Bold Face

The nose of the 2012 M-Class is dominated by a bold front grille that holds the familiar three-pointed star logo in the center, while a chrome skid plate curves from the front bumper up toward the grille. Bracketing the front grille, newly designed headlights are flush-mounted in the fenders. New LED daytime running lights are recessed in the front bumper.

Sweeping Side Proportions

Its bold proportions are defined by a relatively long wheelbase and short overhangs. The lines along the sides appear stretched, including a high belt line accented with stainless-steel trim, and its roof line slopes down toward the rear, emphasizing the sportiness of the new M-Class. Striking chrome luggage rails run the length of the roof. Reminiscent of previous M-Class models, an angled C-pillar distinguishes the SUV from its competitors.

A Contemporary Cockpit

The dynamic interior design of the new M-Class underscores the spacious width of its new cabin and fosters a sense of well-being with elegant high-quality materials and attention to detail. Interior trim includes wood and aluminum elements with controls in a silver shadow finish. Soothing ambient lighting, which can be switched between 3 different colors, is available as part of the optional Premium 2 package.

A sporty, four-spoke steering wheel frames a hooded twin-gauge instrument cluster. The left gauge houses the analog speedometer and fuel gauge, while a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge are on the right bridged by a 4.5-inch screen that can display a wide range of useful information, including a trip computer and GPS navigation directions.

The steering wheel holds paddles for shifting the transmission manually and multifunction buttons for scrolling through menus on the driver's display. The buttons can also adjust the audio volume, make and take phone calls, or activate the voice control system. Newly-designed stalks on the steering column for turn signals, highbeams, wipers, cruise control and transmission mode make the new SUV easier than ever to drive.

COMAND and Control

Perched at the top center of the dashboard in order to minimize driver distraction, a seven-inch COMAND display is bordered by large swiveling air vents. The new head unit comes with a ten-gigabyte music storage hard drive, SD card slot, and an MP3 compatible CD /DVD player as well as a Bluetooth interface for wireless audio streaming and hands-free phone operation, HD/AM/weatherband radio, an FM phase-diversity twin tuner and a USB port hidden in the storage compartment of the center console.

An optional hard-drive-based GPS navigation system offers many new features, including a 3D display, a compass overlay, dynamic route guidance, the ability to show alternate routes plus the functionality to record routes while driving. Also optional, a Sirius-XM feature can provide real-time traffic and weather information on the navigation map.

New Transmission

The 2012 M-Class line also features a new transmission with a more advanced torque converter lock-up clutch that provides even better fuel mileage, more responsive driving, quieter operation and increased durability. The new transmission is also designed to work best with a new type of low-drag ATF fluid, colored blue instead of the usual red.

302-Horsepower V6 Engine for the ML350 4MATIC

With 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, the 3.5-liter V6 engine has 13 percent more power than last year. Assembled in an entirely new block with 60-degree cylinder angles, the latest V6 doesn't need a balance shaft for smooth operation. Like its predecessor, the new engine has aluminum cylinder heads, pistons and cylinder block (with cast-in Silitec cylinders), as well as a crankshaft, connecting roads and valves made of special forged steel.

Direct Fuel Injection

The new V6 engine makes use of industry-leading electronics technology first used on Mercedes-Benz diesels - electronic fuel injectors that spray gasoline directly into the combustion chambers rather than indirect port fuel injection most gasoline engines used in the past. Featuring a piezo-ceramic crystalline element that changes shape instantly when electrical current is applied, blazingly fast piezo injectors make it possible to design very sensitive and precise injection systems, including the ability to program several small injections with each piston stroke.

BlueTEC - A Blueprint For The World's Cleanest Diesels

The ML350 BlueTEC is powered by a purpose-built 3.0-liter V6 diesel, now with 240 horsepower, an astonishing 455 lb.-ft. of torque and 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine. Using several technologies to minimize diesel exhaust emissions, the ML350 BlueTEC begins with a four-valve-per-cylinder diesel featuring centrally located piezo-electric injectors, CDI direct injection, a variable-nozzle turbocharger and exhaust gas recirculation.

ATTENTION ASSIST Cautions "Time For A Rest?"

Among the many standard life-saving features on the M-Class is the innovative ATTENTION ASSIST system that can alert the driver to the first signs of drowsiness, a factor that causes more than 100,000 accidents a year in the U.S. A steering sensor is coupled to smart software that uses 70 parameters to establish a unique driver profile during the first 20 minutes of driving. Between 50 and 112 mph, the system identifies the erratic steering corrections drivers make as they begin to get drowsy and triggers an audible warning, and a "Time for a Rest?" message with a coffee cup icon appears in the instrument cluster.

New iPad® Docking Station

Coinciding with the debut of the new M-Class is the launch of the all new Mercedes-Benz iPad® Docking Station. With this new product, customers are able to utilize their own mobile entertainment. They now have the capability to watch movies, play music, view pictures, play games, surf the Internet, all from the convenience of their own iPad® without having to hold it in their hands while in transit.

The iPad® Docking Station holds the iPad® in place behind the headrests of the front seats, allowing rear occupants to view. For optimum viewing, the iPad® Docking Station can be rotated up to 90 degrees and be tilted, while being charged through the vehicle's electrical system. This product is a perfect fit for the Mercedes-Benz customer and will be available for most Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and Sport Utility Vehicles. Check out the 2012 ML350 at Isringhausen today.

2012 ML 350 4Matic

Standard Equipment


    Power sunroof with express open and close
    Aluminum roof rails*
    Dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter
    8-way power front seats w/door-mounted controls & driver 4-way lumbar support*
    Heated front seats*
    CD/ DVD / MP3 /AM/ FM/ Weatherband radio
    HD Radio*
    Bluetooth Audio Streaming*
    8-speaker sound system with auxiliary input, USB port* and SD card slot
    Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
    7" display with central COMAND controller*
    4-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles
    4.5" instrument cluster display*
    Front and rear cupholders
    Rain sensing intermittent wipers
    Integrated garage door opener
    Cruise control
    Power windows with express up and down
    Automatic headlamps with twilight sensor & locator lighting
    Trip computer
    Privacy glass
    Retractable Luggage Compartment Cover
    Power Lift Gate*
    Eucalyptus Wood Trim*


    302 Horsepower @ 6,500 RPM*
    273 lb-ft of Torque @ 3,500 – 5,250 RPM*
    7-Speed automatic transmission*
    AGILITY CONTROL Suspension*
    Front suspension: Independent double wishbone with stabilizer bar
    Rear suspension: Independent 4-arm multilink with stabilizer bar
    1" Twin 5-Spoke Alloy Wheel w/ 255/50 all-season tires


    LED Daytime Running Lamps*
    Fiber Optic / LED Tail Lamps*
    Mercedes-Benz mbrace™
    New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
    24 hr. roadside assistance program
    Owner information kit
    Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
    Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
    Front & rear outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioners & force limiters
    Dual two stage front airbags
    Side airbags mounted in front seat backrests
    Head protection curtains
    Driver's side knee airbag*
    Rear side airbags
    4-wheel ABS disc brakes with Brake Assist System
    Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
    Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
    Antitheft alarm with engine immobilizer
    SmartKey with panic button
    Advanced tire pressure monitoring system

Optional Packages

Premium 1 Package ($3,600)

    Rearview Camera
    Power folding, auto dimming mirrors
    Driver memory with Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    COMAND System w/ hard-drive navigation & SIRIUS real-time traffic & weather
    iPod / MP3 Media Interface
    SIRIUS Satellite Radio
    10GB music register
    Enhanced voice control
    Double sun visors
    115V AC power outlet

Premium 2 Package ($5,450)

Premium 1 package contents plus:

    Heated & cooled cup holders*
    harman/kardon LOGIC7® Surround-Sound System w/ Dolby Digital 5.1
    Rear storage compartment
    Multi-color Ambient lighting*

Dynamic Handling Package ($5,150)

    Adaptive Damping System
    AIRMATIC Air Suspension
    20" Twin 5-spoke Alloy Wheel

Lighting Package ($1,290)

    Headlamp cleaning system
    Adaptive Highbeam Assist*
    Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination
    Corner Illuminating lamps

Lane Tracking Package ($850)

    Blind Spot Assist
    Lane Keeping Assist*

Driver Assistance Package ($2,950)

    Active Blind Spot Assist*
    Active Lane Keeping Assist*

Stand Alone Options

    Full leather seating ($1,620)
    Burl walnut wood trim (TBD)
    PARKTRONIC w/Active Parking Assist* ($970)
    Wood /Leather multifunction steering wheel ($590)
    Power panorama sunroof* ($1,090)
    Heated steering wheel ($225)
    Trailer hitch ($550)
    Stainless steel running boards w/ rubber studs ($670)
    Rear Seat Entertainment System ($1,970)
    Rear Seat Entertainment System Pre-Wiring ($240)
    Heated rear seats ($620)
    KEYLESS-GO ($650)

Special Order Options

    Sport Interior
    2nd seat row luggage pass through*
    Heated & Active Ventilated Front Seats
    3-Zone automatic climate control
    Night View Assist*
    Cargo Management System
    MB-Tex wrapped dashboard
    Black Dinamica/MB Tex
    Auburn Brown/Black Leather*
    Almond Beige/Black Leather
    Grey/Black Leather
    Black Premium Leather
    Anthracite Poplar Wood Trim*
    Brown Satin Ash Wood Trim*
    Aluminum Trim*
    Black headliner

Black, Obsidian Black, Capri Blue, Arctic White, Steel Grey, Iridium Silver, Palladium Silver, Pearl Beige*, Dakota Brown*, Diamond White

Black MB-Tex, Almond Beige MB-Tex, Grey MB-Tex, Black Leather, Almond Beige Leather, Grey Leather

*=highlight for 2012MY

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