At Last: 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Makes its European Debut

Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new version of the M-Class SUV for the 2012 model year. While Mercedes has yet to release much information, these spy photos from our colleagues at Motor Trend give us an early look at the redesigned ML.

We spotted a camouflaged ML testing in southern California in March of this year, but only now do we have a clear look at the changes in store for Mercedes’s popular SUV. The redesign follows the styling trend set by the smaller GLK-Class, with slightly smaller headlights and grille than the current ML. Like most other new Mercedes models, the doors bear sharp strake lines that create a scallop shape on the lower front doors. The rear has been sharpened with wider, shorter taillights; an enlarged roof spoiler; restyled character lines for the lift gate; and a protruding rear bumper that loses the old model’s exposed exhaust tips.

The current iteration of the M-Class SUV was introduced at the 2005 Detroit auto show as a 2006 model, and subsequently received a facelift for the 2008 New York show. It’s offered in the U.S. with a choice of five different engines, ranging from the efficient ML350 BlueTec diesel to the gutsy ML63 AMG. In the U.S. market in 2010, the M-Class was Mercedes’s best-selling SUV and its third best-selling product overall, after the C-Class and E-Class. Because a Mercedes press release on new updates for model-year 2012 neglects any mention of the M-Class, we believe the new SUV will launch here as a 2012 model later this year.

For more photos and details, be sure to visit Motor Trend.

Source: Motor Trend

Robert
German design is definitely on the retreat these days. This car is a step back from the previous model. This car just looks like a dull fat Toyota, especially from the rear. I'm curious if the Chinese market has anything to do with it which I would think prefers more mainstream conformist design.

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