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by Tim Beissmann

Mercedes-Benz has added the M-Class SUV to its 2010 value-enhancement program, offering three packages that improve the car’s aesthetics, performance and off-road ability.

Applying to ML 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, ML 350 and ML 350 BlueEFFICIENCY models built from December 2009 onwards, Mercedes-Benz Australia managing director, Horst von Sanden, said customer demand prompted the extension of the program to include the M-Class.

“My team and I are using the combined effect of customer research and the 2010 import duty reduction to produce these carefully tailored value packages for many of the models in our range.

“Even though the M-Class is import duty-exempt we have still included it in our ongoing value strategy for our customers,” Mr von Sanden said.

The $2900 factory-fitted Exterior Sports package adds 20in alloys, all-round blue window tint, sterling silver-coloured radiator grille, simulated front and rear under-guards in stainless steel, aluminium-look roof rails and chrome highlights on the radiator grille, side rub strips, rectangular exhaust outlets, shoulder line strip and rear load sill guard.

The above features are also included free of charge when the optionally available Luxury package is ordered.

For those after an AMG for half the price, the $6900 AMG Sports package is the way to go. Normally valued at approximately $10,000, it comprises 21in AMG alloys, body styling (front apron, side skirts and rear apron) and high-gloss black radiator grille with chrome highlights; airmatic semi-active air suspension with active damping system; dark tinted privacy glass rear of the B-pillar; and side steps in brushed aluminium with rubber studs.

Also available is the Off-road Pro Engineering package which makes the M-Class more capable over rough terrain. It includes airmatic dual control adjustable air suspension, two-stage low-range transfer case with additional ratio of 2.93:1 (which can be engaged while moving), front differential lock, multiple-disc centre and rear differential lock with 100percent lock, and a protective under-shield.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class ranges from $83,500 for the ML 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY to $171,500 for the ML 63 AMG.

Pricing is the current Manufacturer’s List Price which includes GST and LCT but excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery. Customers should contact dealers for drive away price information.




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