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by George Skentzos

Usually engineers aren’t too fussed by our car paparazzi, although with the new generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class not due to arrive until the second half of 2011 its understandable that this one is quite camera shy.

As these spy photos reveal, the new M-Class won’t get longer front and rear overhangs and even the wheelbase doesn’t appear to be stretched compared to the current model.

The opposite is more likely, with Mercedes aiming to trim down the M-Class’ dimensions in order to reduce weight to make the new model more efficient.

2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV spied

While heavily disguised, a more detailed inspection of these photos reveals a few subtle design changes such as the rear door, the side mirrors, and the position of the door handles, the roof rack and the higher rear window.

Under the bonnet we should expect a similar range of engines as those powering the current model, including petrol engines between 3.5 and 6.2-litres and consumption-optimized diesel units with 3.0 and 4.0-litres.

2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV spied

Also a strong possibility is for Mercedes-Benz to offer a plug-in hybrid electric variant from launch.




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