The Mercedes-Benz M-Class from Mercedes-Benz (or Mercedes-Benz ML-Class) is a luxury sports car midsize utility (SUV), the model 1997, 1998 was introduced and was built by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz. Gradually, the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class became a sales success in the United States and Mexico. For a brief period between 1999 and 2002, the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, the European market built in the presence of all production moved to the US plant near Vance, Alabama. Since the end of 2012, the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and the new plants in Pune (India) is collected and Wanaherang (Indonesia).
Although under the banner of the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class since launch, BMW M3 model, which had the car badged “M” later rejected engine and three-digit levels (eg M 320) grouped. This forced Mercedes-Benz a step-pronged strategy marketing “ML” limit (eg, ML 320) to remain under the auspices of the M-Class. From 2015, when the release of the facelifted W166 model is the third generation at the New York Auto Show in April, the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class with only one class of Mercedes-Benz in the revised national brand was renamed. In this scheme, the SUV to use the name “GL” followed by the installation of the model in the Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The “G” is off-road vehicle (German for SUVs) and refers to the long-term G-Wagen. This was followed by the letter “L”, which corresponds to a connection with the letter “E” the only SUV in the E-Class has followed
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class First Generation (W163: 1997-2005)
Mercedes-Benz has proposed a plan to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class at the time was in production for 11 years to replace. To develop the agreement with Mitsubishi Motors and produce a sport utility vehicle was in early 1991 and has been publicly confirmed that June is planned to the platform to Montero / Pajero, a support badged them as Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi. In May 1992, these plans were abandoned influence “technical problems”, and Mercedes-Benz sat down with the natural development since January 1993 In March 1993, looking for a place to build a US production facility began. Elected in September 1993 in the state of Alabama and began in 1994. While the plans overseas, Germany evolution.
Mercedes-Benz has started the first series of generation Mercedes-Benz ML-Class W163 19 February 1997 the United States in the 1998 model year and in September sales. It is an SUV body-on-frame mid-size and space for five, seven, or an optional third row of seats. The M-Class is install the first luxury SUV to electronic stability control, the system is designed to detect loss of control and intervene immediately built with selective braking to bring the car back on the road. In addition, the M-Class boasted airbags front and sides contributed with access to advanced passenger seat for residents who receive the mark W163 risk assessment in the insurance industry.
The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class from Mercedes-Benz (W163) with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive was the torque is sent to all four wheels all open front, center and rear differentials. The system uses a dual-range transmission of two-speed Borg Warner 4409 are limited and the new Mercedes-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS). 4-ETS consists of three different locks on the three open differentials by braking one or more intermediate wheels aggressive.
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class Second Generation (W164: 2005-2011)
In 1999, instead of the W163 development began in Codename “W164” and spans a period of 6. At the end of 2001, the production design by Steve Undadi designed by Peter Pfeiffer was selected and approved by the Board Administration in 2002. The design patent was in Germany June 10, 2003 and the United States on July 25, prototype testing was in the years 2003 and 2004, concluding in the spring of 2005, the class M (chassis name W164) was introduced in April 2005, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in January shown. It was almost a new sport, and more, to look down on the drag coefficient 0.34 over the previous generation. Mercedes-Benz also has the new M-Class 71 mm wide, 150 mm long and 5 mm below the first model. The M-Class was in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year Awards for “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle”.
Exposed to the US $600 million spent Mercedes-Benz longer to update his work and add production area for the new class A. According to previous reports, the trade press showed M-Class 2006 cars big improvement. The new platform used W164 M-Class GL-Class new monocoque divided and type instead of the old (W163) of the body-on-frame for M-Class cars from 1998 to 2005 produced the GL-Class X164 used a long version of the seven seats W164 platform available.
New features in the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 2006 “steer” the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, Curve Bi-Xenon headlights, the type of car, and height-adjustable air suspension. Abandoned manual transmission. 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive option is enabled by a single case-speed (and low-end) was a four-wheel electronic traction system locking differential (4-ETS). In countries outside the United States, the institution of the Off-Road Pro package and the difference in the rear locks, 4-ETS, two-speed reduction gear transfer case and adjustable ground clearance, the ability to increase the original fording depth of 500 mm and 600 mm.
The AMG version of the W164 was the ML 63 AMG introduced at the North American International Auto Show 2006 limited edition model in 2007. It has 6.2L M156 V8 producing 510 hp (380 kW) 465 pounds·ft (630 Nm) handmade in Germany. The motor is taken with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission. The ML 63 AMG 2006 can range from 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) (100 kph) speed 4.8 seconds or 0-62 miles per hour just 5.0 seconds. These features are impressive ML 63 AMG the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 SUV in the world.
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class Third Generation (W166: 2011)
In 2006, the development of next-generation Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and for a period of 5 years began a period shorter than its predecessor. In 2008, the final design by Daniel Sarki was approved and at home, and on 16 December 2008 (US design patent filed June 15, 2009) patented. The new new M-Class (W166 chassis) was introduced in the form of pre-production June 10, 2011 as 2012. The W166 is the first known customer from the Tuscaloosa production line on 20 July. It is moderately refined, with styling cues from the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The increase rear legroom is on the side of the wired rear adjustable backrest. It was started in September 2011.
The features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class are the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission provide better fuel economy Adaptive Cruise Control (Distronic Plus) option, Active Lane warning system and the suspension of air Adjustable height (AirMatic). A system of active curve roll with active stabilizers compensation was created.
A road and stop package is available in most markets (including North America) that the model year 2013. The package adds a two-speed dual range of Magna Powertrain the matter to a difference in the castle, we reduce underbody skid plates, and the world system program 6 selectable driving modes. The rear lock has been lost.
Open the front and rear differences, and use electronic traction system on all four wheels (4-ETS) to mimic the front and rear differential lock. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class won the first class “luxury crossover SUV” and was the best car in America named based on a study by the research and consulting firm AutoPacific automotive California.
Mercedes-Benz India has set up a plant in Chakan, Pune in the spring of 2009, which rolled on the first Mercedes-Benz ML-Class W166 to be built outside of the United States in October 2012. The next month, Mercedes-Benz Indonesia began at Mercedes-Benz ML-Class a factory in Wanaherang to meet West Java. These plants are shipped the latest cars “broken” kits Tuscaloosa, United States.