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2011 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class winter spy shots

Summer has arrived here in Australia as of today, but over in the northern hemisphere, the cold chills of winter kick off. Freezing, snowy conditions are a great opportunity for car manufacturers to thoroughly test prototypes. Our spy photographer has just caught a 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML doing just that in Northern Scandinavia.
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The next generation Mercedes-Benz ML was one of the first cars our photographer spotted taking part in winter testing this season, which started off with temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Reports say the new model could be available with a diesel hybrid powerplant, although, a petrol hybrid is almost definite in the case of a ML450 Hybrid.

Showcasing the same style and design language as the new Mercedes-Benz CL and CLS-Class, the new ML features a more pronounced and larger grille fascia with new corner-mounted headlights.

The front and rear overhangs seem to be just as short as the original ML-Class, but the boot space appears to be quite large.

From the rear it's hard to see how the rear pillars look with the black camouflaging, but expect a fairly large rear corner window for good visibility.

Mercedes-Benz always tucks its exhaust pipe outlet right up underneath the rear bumper, so it's easy to jump to small-engined hybrid conclusions that only need a 'pea-shooter' tailpipe. You can see half of the muffler case showing in the image above though.

Hiding behind some more black plastic camouflaging, we can just see there'll be new spotlights recessed into the corners of the front bumper bar. There appears to be two of them mounted next to one another as well.

Our spy photographer also managed to get a glimpse of the interior. It is covered in plenty of sheeting but we can see there's an interesting new four-spoke steering wheel design.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz is due to hit the market during the middle of 2011.