For the 2015MY, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV will receive two new engines, both featuring twin-turbocharging technology. First to receive a new engine is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic, a model that replaces the ML550.
If the ML550 was powered by a big 4.7-liter V8 engine that generated 402 hp, the new ML400 4Matic arrives with a brand new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque (same engine used by the new GL400).
Mercedes-Benz ML400 promises to return 18 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on highway and a 20 mpg combined. These numbers are achievable thanks to a seven-speed automatic transmission, which is offered as standard, but also thanks to the engine stop-start feature.
The German carmaker will offer the ML400 4Matic as standard with leather upholstery, keyless entry, a Harman/Kardon audio system, but also with a brand new AMG Sport Package that brings new front and rear bumpers and 19-inch AMG wheels.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic has a starting price of $62,900, excluding the $925 destination charge. Mercedes-Benz offers the Premium Package as standard, which means that it arrives with Navigation that offers 3 years of map updates, 10GB Music Register, Gracenote media database, Media interface, SiriusXM Radio with 6-month all access trial, SiriusXM Traffic and Weather with 3 years of service, voice control with learning feature, in-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader, 14-eay power drive seat with memory, power tilt/telescoping steering column, auto-diming rearview and driver-side mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, double sun visors and a rear view camera.
As an option, Mercedes-Benz offers the Driver Assistance Package for $1,950, Interior Sport Package for $710, Parking Assist Package for $1,290 and On/Off-Road Package for $1,640. Mbrace Package costs $280, while the Convenience Package is priced at $490.
Lightning Package includes Adaptive Highbeam Assist and Bi-Xenon headlamps with Active Curve illumination and costs $1,390. The second model to arrive is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTec, which replaces the ML350 BlueTec.
This diesel-powered model is powered by a 2.1-liter twin-turbo inline-four engine that generates 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The new engine replaces the old V6 that delivered 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque and promises to return 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.
The third Mercedes-Benz M-Class generation creates new standards among SUVs with its cutting-edge automotive advances. The all-new M-Class has maximum energy economy, leading passive safety standards, excellent ride comforts, and superlative drive dynamics, as well as a fully reimagined interior styling that offers superior ergonomics as a key strength.
The lowered fuel use and excellent emissions data is worth looking into – as on average, the full range of models goes through 25 per cent less fuel than its forerunner. Never has Mercedes-Benz been able to lower fuel use by such a large amount in a model change for an SUV.
A progressive engine selection, a class-leading 0.32Cd value, wide ranging BlueEFFICIENCY features, and newly developed tools, like the "energy-transparent vehicle" concept – these are all part of providing this excellent energy efficiency data. The ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is specifically outstanding for this reason: it is 28 per cent more efficient than its forerunner, consuming only 6.0 L per 100 km on the NEDC drive cycle (158 g CO2/km) and it has a range of almost 1,500 km on a single tank.
Befitting the Mercedes-Benz brand ethos, the all-new M-Class stands for the epitome of Mercedes-Benz’s overall safety concept, Real Life Safety, derived from what occurs in real-life accident conditions. Combined with front and back deformation zones, the M-Class’s high-strength passenger cell creates an extremely effective basis for systems protecting occupants. Both active and driver-fitness safety in the all-new M-Class are further enhanced by systems that should already be familiar, manly from the S-Class and E-Class.