Mercedes’ new Range Rover rival, the ML-Class, has been revealed this week.
The large 4×4 will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with sales due to start next Spring.
Find out which cars the Mercedes-Benz ML will have to beat in our off-roader reviews
New green credentials
It will be the greenest large 4×4 that the company has ever produced, helped by a new four-cylinder version that promises 47mpg and CO2 emissions of 158g/km. This new derivative, the ML 250 CDI Bluetec, features the 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine that’s already used to considerable effect across the C-class, E-class and even S-class ranges.
The 250 CDI replaces the previous 3.0 V6 diesel, the 300 CDI, although there will be a 350 Bluetec with a more powerful 258bhp V6 turbodiesel that averages a claimed 37.6mpg. Petrol V6 and V8 models will feature too, though these will sell in tiny numbers in the UK.
In time, the 250 CDI will be coupled to a 20bhp electric motor. This forthcoming ML 300 Hybrid is claimed to better 54mpg.
Still strictly a five-seater (BMW’s X5 offers seven), the style of the new ML-class is modelled on the outgoing model, even though everything has changed. There’s a much smoother front end, however, with some glitzy LED lighting.
Few ML owners do anything more adventurous than the occasional drive across a grassy field, but for those that do there’s a special off-road package. Its main feature is a different front end with improved ground clearance.
Interior luxury is said to be better, as it has to be in order to compete with the Range Rover. Not that there was a lot wrong with the outgoing model, which represented a huge step forward over the original M-Class.
Prices have not been announced yet – expect that announcement in September.
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