2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets Top Safety Pick+ award

Article by Christian A., on October 12, 2013

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been given the Top Safety Pick + award thanks to its “Good” rating in the small overlap crash test. This newest test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been a challenge that many vehicles have failed to overcome.

This rating, a first for any Mercedes model, can be applied to 2014 M-Class models made after August 2013, as Mercedes-Benz has reinforced the door sills of the M-Class to make it perform better in the small overlap test.

Apparently, these modifications were effective since the IIHS has determined that the M-Class was able to maintain the driver’s space well. This means that there’s a low risk of significant injuries. In addition, the M-Class got “Good” ratings in all other IIHS tests, including moderate overlap front, side crash test, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.

Aside from the M-Class, the only Mercedes model that underwent the small overlap test was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It was given a “Marginal” rating, which meant that it won’t get the Top Safety Pick + award.

Only models that get at least an “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap front crash test and a “Good” rating in all the other tests deserve the Top Safety Pick + rating. What makes the small overlap test very difficult is that it simulates striking an obstacle like a telephone pole. The barrier impacts just 25% of the vehicle’s front area.

Being fitted with the latest in automotive technology, Mercedes-Benz revealed that the new M-Class is expected to set new standards in the SUV world. This will be the third generation of the series and this time it delivers energy efficiency that is optimized and at top-of-the-line levels when it comes to passive safety. Driving dynamics meanwhile is truly outstanding and this is mixed in with ride comfort that is exceptional.

Another benefit of the new M-Class is that the brand changed the interior design in order to offer first-rate ergonomics. In developing its new models, Mercedes-Benz implements its holistic safety concept principle known as Real Life Safety. This particular principle is based on what would happen should an actual accident occur and the new M-Class is a good example of this.

One application of the concept is that in addition to having deformation zones for the front and the rear, putting in a high-strength passenger cell meant that this model serves as a truly highly effective foundation when it comes to occupant protection systems. Despite already having driver-fitness safety and active safety, Mercedes-Benz made sure to enhance these by fitting it with assistance systems that customers are likely familiar with, like those from the E-Class and the S-Class.

As mentioned, energy efficiency has been optimized and proof of this is the low fuel consumption figures and the exceptional emissions values. Unlike the previous generation, the new M-Class, on average, uses 25% less fuel. This reduction has never been done before by Mercedes-Benz until now, especially under an SUV model change. The remarkable energy efficiency values are due to a number of factors.

These include the class-leading coefficient of drag at 0.32, ultramodern engine line-up, and a wide range of BlueEFFICIENCY measures. The brand even utilized new development tools like the "energy-transparent vehicle." Improved as well is the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC which is economical versus the previous version by 28%. Under the NEDC driving cycle, fuel consumption is 6.0 1/10 km with CO2 emissions measured at 158 g/km. In fact, on a single fuel tank, the new M-Class can go as far as 1,500 km.

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