For those who want to feel even safer in a Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the German manufacturer offers the M-Class Guard, the armoured version of the popular SUV. This means that besides the impressive design, the car will also be capable to keep the bullets away from the interior.
As a result, the M-Class Guard is fitted with windows of the highest optical quality Special laminated glazing with a uniform thickness all-round, polycarbonate layer on inside to protect against shards. Moreover, the M-Class Guard comes with special steel used in the A-, B- and C- pillars and the firewall and roof.
The new M-Guard meets the requirements of protection level VR4 according to testing guidelines BRV 2009 for special-protection vehicles with bullet resistance (according to Bullet Resistant Vehicles 2009). This ballistic classification designates ballistic resistance (VR = Vehicle Resistance) in terms of the weapons and calibre: in this case, among others, Magnum .357 and .44.
Comfort was not forgotten and despite its massive weight increase (560 kg), the M-Class Guard comes as standard with Airmatic air suspension system with Adaptive Damper System (ADS) specifically adapted to the vehicle's special protection features. Stronger axle components compensate for the increased weight of the M-Guard superbly, Guard-specific torsion bars at the rear axle optimise roll behaviour in fast curves and when taking evasive action.
Moreover, the M-Guard comes with yres with run-flat capability and 5 spoke 50.8 cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels. MOE tyres with run-flat capability make it possible to drive on safely for up to 30 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h even if the tyre has suffered a total loss of air. The M-Class Guard will be offered in two versions: ML350 BlueTEC and the ML500.
The ML 350 BlueTEC will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, delivering 258 hp amd 620 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus transmission, the ML 350 BlueTEC Guard will be able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h or 130 mph. The ML500 is powered by the 4.6-liter V8 engine delivering 408 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Using the same 7G-Tronic Plus transmission, the ML 500 Guard hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h or 130 mph. The ML350 BlueTEC Guard will cost 105,050 euros, while the ML 500 Guard is priced at 118,650 euros.
The new M-Class from Mercedes-Benz is the third-generation of this range. Being fitted with the most advanced technology when it comes to manufacturing cars, this new model is able to set new standards for the SUV world. Not only is its energy efficiency optimized but it sets the standards when it comes to passive safety. Further, the driving dynamics is truly exceptional and this is combined with remarkable ride comfort.
That said, the interior design has been redesigned with the main feature being its first-rate ergonomics. The brand follows the holistic safety principle known as Real Life Safety. This philosophy is based mainly on what would happen should an actual accident occur. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new M-Class is the best example of this concept.
As such, aside from the deformation zones of the front and the rear, the new M-Class has a high-strength passenger cell which has led to the creation of more advanced occupant protection systems. Though this model already has driver-fitness safety and even active safety, safety is enhanced with the inclusion of the assistance systems. Customers need not worry as these systems are something that they are likely already familiar with, as many were already in the E-Class and S-Class.
Making the new M-Class even more distinct are the exceptional figures related to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Indeed, the figures reveal that on average, this new model uses 25% less fuel when compared to the previous version. According to the brand, it has never before managed to reduce fuel consumption with such a large margin after an SUV model change.
The engine range for example is ultramodern with 0.32 Cd value considered as top of the class. Further, the exceptional energy efficiency figures are also due to the various development tools like the “energy-transparent vehicle.”Helping as well are the all-encompassing BlueEFFICIENCY measures implemented. In particular, the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is truly excellent. Compared to the previous generation, this feature is economical by 28%. In terms of actual figures, fuel consumption, under the NEDC driving cycle, is 6.0 1/100 km with CO2 emissions of 158 g/km. On one full tank of fuel, the new M-Class can go as far as 1,500 km.