In November, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class was the company's third-best-selling vehicle in the U.S, and was also its best selling SUV. That said, the automaker knows it needs to keep things fresh. A new M-Class is due to launch in 2012, and the intrepid spy photographers at Motor Trend managed to catch prototypes undergoing winter testing.
Up front, we notice the hood appears slight longer, and is paired with a grille aperture that is wider and more upright than the current model. Headlamps receive rounded edges, and are slightly smaller than those on the current ML. In back, the M-Class receives tail lamp assemblies that carry into the tailgate stamping, along with what appears to be restyled C- and D-pillar designs.
Perhaps the most important upgrade, however, lies within the M-Class' cabin. Photos show the new ML will receive a completely overhauled interior, which incorporates an all-new dashboard. The audio and infotainment display and controls have been raised to improve visibility, while the center console appears to offer a little extra room for beverages and owners' gadgetry alike.
We've no official word on when we can expect to receive our first unencumbered look at the 2012 M-Class, but as camouflage on spotted prototypes seems to be growing skimpier, it can't be that far off. Until then, click over to MT to see the full array of spy photos.
Source: Motor Trend