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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz Australia has launched the new-generation M-Class 4MATIC SUV range featuring a new design, added performance and more power.

Standard equipment specification has also been upgraded, now including the high-performance telematics system developed by Mercedes-Benz.

The new model is defined by its redesigned front bumper, reshaped headlamps and larger air intake.

 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC SUV Range

The new-look rear bumper integrates a reflector strip which emphasises the vehicle’s width while the tail lights boast a smoked-glass appearance.

Inside, the door panels are now trimmed in ARTICO man-made leather, with new two-tone leather appointments available as an option to enhance its luxury appeal.

 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC SUV Range

The interior also incorporates a new four-spoke multifunction steering wheel with standard-fit shift paddles.

The front passenger seats feature a new sportier design with four-way lumbar support as standard equipment for the driver, also available as an option in some models for the passenger.

 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC SUV Range

The brand new telematics generation system developed by Mercedes-Benz boasts new levels in user-friendliness, integrating features such as Bluetooth, a new media interface and external music connector.

Of the three choices in available for the telematics system, all include a twin tuner for improved radio reception, speed-sensitive volume control, a keypad for entering telephone numbers and radio frequencies and a Bluetooth interface.

 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC SUV Range

Mercedes-Benz also is now also offering enhanced LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system in conjunction with the COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) information and entertainment system.

Five engines are available across the entire line-up, coupled with the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system and 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard.

 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC SUV Range

These engines range from 140kW to 375kW in the AMG model while fuel consumption has been maintained from between 9.6 to 12.9 litres per 100kms.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4MATIC range

Model Engine Power Torque Transmission Fuel Cons. Price
ML 280 CDI 3.0l, V6, turbo-diesel 140kW 440Nm 7-speed Auto, AWD, 4ETS 9.6l/100km $81,000
ML 350 3.5l, V6, petrol 200kW 350Nm 7-speed Auto, AWD, 4ETS 11.7l/100km $94,000
ML 320 CDI 3.0l, V6, turbo-diesel 165kW 510Nm 7-speed Auto, AWD, 4ETS 9.6l/100km $97,000
ML 500 5.5l, V8, petrol 285kW 530Nm 7-speed Auto, AWD, 4ETS 13.4l/100km $127,500
ML 63 AMG 6.3l, AMG V8, petrol 375kW 630Nm 7-speed Auto, AWD, 4ETS 16.5l/100km $167,500