The M-Class is Mercedes-Benz's luxury midsize SUV with exterior styling that was updated for 2009 and features a larger grille, restyled headlights, new stainless steel skid plates, larger side mirrors and a wider rear bumper with inset reflectors. Inside the M-Class received a sportier seat design, four-stage power lumbar support for the driver, a four-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles and new door trim. The second-generation M-Class debuted as a 2006 model with an emphasis on comfort and performance for the street, including a new unibody platform, double-wishbone front suspension, and four-link rear suspension. The second-generation M-Class is 5.9 inches longer, 2.8 inches wider and 0.4 inches lower than its predecessor. The interior is redesigned with the emphasis on more comfort and user-friendly space. The new M-Class relies on electronics for continued off-road capability and features the first seven-speed automatic in an SUV. The original M-Class was one of the first luxury SUVs when the 1998 ML320 entered the market in 1997. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class adds standard burl walnut trim, premium leather-wrapped steering wheel and advanced tire pressure monitoring system for all trim levels. The ML350 BlueTEC is powered by a turbodiesel V6 and replaces the ML320 BlueTEC in the lineup. The POST-SAFE system will automatically unlock the doors, shutoff the engine and shutdown the fuel system after an accident. Palladium Silver and Steel Grey are added as new exterior colors.
The M-Class Hybrid is the first full hybrid from Mercedes-Benz, based on the M-Class SUV and powered by a two-mode hybrid system which combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors included in the transmission that run on a self-charging battery. Power output for the combined system is 335 horsepower and 381 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is estimated at 21/24 mpg city/highway. To read more about the 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML Class, visit MSN Autos