The Mercedes-Benz M-Class, one of the largest selling SUVs of Mercedes worldwide, is also the first M-Class to be built in India. This new gen M-Class was launched here in India two years ago and has been quite popular in its segment giving tough competition to rivals such as the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. This SUV is placed between the GL and G classes in India.
Powertrain & Performance
The third gen M-Class is available with two different diesel engines in India, both featuring the BlueEfficiency Technology. First is the smaller and familiar 250CDI turbocharged diesel engine which pumps out a power output of 203 bhp. The maximum torque output of this engine is 500 Nm. The second unit is the more powerful 3.0 litre V6, direct injected diesel engine which churns out 21 bhp more than before and feels far more poised at high speeds. The engine now has 255 bhp of power and 619 Nm of torque. These engines come mated with latest 7G Tronic Plus 7-speed auto transmission which can be used differently in three different modes. These modes are Comfort, Sport and Manual. In comfort mode, the engine runs on eco mode saving fuel while in Sport mode, the engines deliver their best with the help of precise gear shifts. In the manual mode, you can do the gear shifts by yourself with the help of paddle shifters. The new M class weighs over two tonnes but with the instant power response from these engines, this car can amaze you easily. With the 250CDI unit, the M class can reach a top speed of 210 kph whereas with the bigger unit, you can achieve the top speed of 224 kph. Sprinting from 0-100 kph is done by the 250CDI and 350CDI in 9 and 7.4 seconds respectively. The powerful 350CDI even comes standard with self-levelling AIRMATIC suspension which enables it to take on the worst terrains with ease. The bigger 19 inch alloy wheels also come to the rescue and play their part brilliantly by giving you lots of grip. The electronic power steering system too works accurately in both versions and feels perfectly suited for city traffic and highways. Both versions of the M-class are equipped with the 4Matic all wheel drive system and the optional off-road package is also on offer. Speaking of their capabilities, it is worth mentioning the fuel efficiency of both these engines. The 250CDI unit returns a fuel efficiency of 12.5 kpl on highways while the bigger 350CDI unit manages to return a mileage of around 10.8 kpl.
Build & Styling
The new M-class shares its platform with its bigger sibling, the GL class and believe us, sharing between both these cars is not restricted to platforms only. The styling cues and the basic design of both these cars are quite similar to each other. This is a big advantage of this car as it can easily be mistaken for GL! The daytime running LEDs placed on either ends of the front bumper, bi-xenon headlights, AMG styled air-inlets on the bonnet and aggressively styled air dam with sump guard gives this car a very attractive look and makes it look far sportier than its predecessor. This new M-class is longer and wider than its previous generation and it feels even bigger when you step inside. The amount of leg room and shoulder room you get for all passengers inside this SUV is really commendable. Despite offering acres of space for passengers, the M-class comes with a boot capacity of 690 litres. The aura and feel inside this SUV feels premium thanks to the usage of high and soft quality leather and other materials. The upmarket wood finishing also looks good along with the usage of chrome accents inside. Both versions of the M-Class comes equipped with standard features such as electrically adjustable front seats, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, cruise control, electric steering adjustment, Active parking assist, 7 airbags, ESP, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist System, Pre-safe system, Attention Assist and Downhill speed regulation. Apart from these, the 350CDI version also comes with active damping system, reversing camera, easy pack tailgate and COMAND Online system with Navigation, Bluetooth steaming, in-built hard disk, 6 DVD changer and USB with aux-in.
With two engines on offer, aggressive styling and advanced features, you can expect this M-Class to be the best ever version launched in India. This SUV has something for everyone, particularly for those who crave for a stylish SUV with spectacular on and off road capability.