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by Tim Beissmann

Following a number of leaked images yesterday, Mercedes-Benz has today pulled the wraps off the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

CarAdvice detailed the styling revisions yesterday, and can now reveal engine specifications of the new third-generation medium SUV, which is due in Australia in the second quarter of next year.

A number of models and engines have been announced for different international markets, ranging from fuel-efficient four-cylinders to a brawny AMG V8.

The ML 250 will be powered by a 2.1-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Teamed with a seven-speed automatic transmission, stop-start engine technology and brake energy recuperation, the ML 250 will use just 6.0 litres/100km of diesel on the combined cycle. Fitted with an optional 93-litre fuel tank, the ML 250 has a theoretical range of 1550km.

The ML 350 Bluetec gets a new version of the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, which produces 192kW and 620Nm. It will return a combined cycle figure of around 7.5 litres/100km.

Kicking off the petrol range is the ML 350 BlueEfficiency. Its 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 produces 228kW and 370Nm, allowing it to launch from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds.

The benchmark ML 63 AMG will get a twin-turbocharged V8, although there remains uncertainty over its displacement (4.7 or 5.5 litres). It is tipped to produce 400kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

A diesel-electric model – the ML 300 Hybrid – will launch overseas late next year. It will combine the 2.1-litre engine with a 15kW electric motor, for a claimed fuel economy rating of 5.2 litres/100km.

Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed auto and 4Matic all-wheel drive system will be standard across the range.

The new ML-Class shares its underpinnings with the recently released Jeep Grand Cherokee. At 4804mm long, 1926mm wide, 1796mm tall, and with a 2915mm wheelbase, the third-generation ML-Class is 24mm longer, 16mm wider and 19mm lower than the previous model.

A new ‘On&Offroad’ package will be optional and includes six driving modes (towing, sport, winter, trailering, and two off-road settings), a two-speed transfer case, skid plate, and extra air suspension adjustability. A decoupling anti-roll bar system will also be offered.

Other driver assist and technology features to be standard or optional depending on spec level include Active Curve System, Attention Assist, Intelligent Light System, Night View Assist Plus with automatic person recognition, Speed Limit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Sport Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Active Park Assist, autonomous braking, Harmon Kardon Logic 7 audio system and COMAND system with internet access.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis said it was still far too early to confirm Australian specifications, with the new ML-Class almost 12 months away.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.