Report - Fresh details available on the Mercedes M-Class facelift

24/07/2014 - 02:00 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Mercedes-Benz is currently road testing the mid-cycle refresh for its SUV, the Mercedes ML Class (M-Class), that will arrive in showrooms during the first half of 2015.

The facelift will borrow design cues from the recently announced Concept Coupé SUV like the new grille, a bolder Mercedes-Benz logo, and a set of re-designed air intakes. The front fascia will be in line with Merc's other new SUVs like the GLA Class and the upcoming, BMW X6-inspired ML-Class Coupe.

2016 Mercedes ML Class camouflaged
Sales of the ML Class facelift is scheduled to start in Europe before July 2015. Image Credit - Toldi.

Like the front, the rear-end will embrace a redesign that will feature a prominent boot-lip and metallic detailing lower down. Other changes include a new set of LED headlamps similar to the ones fitted to the latest S-Class and C-Class.

The interior will be adorned with new materials and trim that will improve the ML-Class' premium appeal, while the infotainment system will be feature a larger display running the latest COMAND system. Navigating through the system will be made easier with a touch-sensitive controller that can be found in the latest crop of Mercs.

Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV at 2014 Beijing Auto Show - front three quarter left
The M-Class will reportedly borrow some design elements from the Concept Coupe.

Under the hood, expect tweaks that will improve the fuel efficiency of the current engine line-up, as well as the addition of a hybrid variant that will compete against the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Also a new variant - dubbed the ML400 - might replace the ML350, that uses a 3.0-litre direct-injection V6 petrol engine producing the same 328bhp and 480 Nm as found in the SL400. The engines will be coupled to a new 9-speed gearbox that will replace the 7-Speed G-Tronic.

[Source - Autocar.co.uk]

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