2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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An all-new ML450 Hybrid is the headline M-Class story for 2010. In other news, the ML350 BlueTec carries a new name (the mechanicals remain the same) while the rest of the lineup receives minor equipment changes and new standard safety features.
  • Minor changes for 2010
  • New ML450 Hybrid debuts with 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and electric motor for a combined 335-horsepower rating
  • ML450 Hybrid also receives a standard 8-speed automatic transmission
  • The ML320 BlueTec has been renamed the ML350 BlueTec
  • All models receive standard burl walnut interior trim and premium leather steering wheel
  • All models receive the advanced tire-pressure-monitoring system
  • New Post-Safe system debuts with automatic door unlocking and engine and fuel shutoff after an accident
  • New paint colors: Palladium Silver and Steel Gray

A wide choice of engines is the main story of the 2010 M-Class, Mercedes-Benz's oldest SUV.

The 2010 model is offered in five trim levels, each corresponding to a different engine. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, the COMAND electronics interface, 8-speaker sound system, sunroof, and a full menu of power accessories. Many options are available, packaged or stand-alone. The premium ML63 AMG trim features 20-inch wheels, air suspension and adaptive damping, and many other upgrades.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers a choice of five engines. The standard power plant for the ML350 is a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, it delivers 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive. The ML350 Bluetec features a 210-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine (legal in all 50 states), which produces 400 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its standard all-wheel drive. The ML450 Hybrid employs two electric motors and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which together produce 335 horsepower and 381 lb.-ft. of torque. This power plant is teamed with a transmission that features both fixed and continuously variable ratios. The ML450 Hybrid delivers 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The ML550 and the ML63 AMG both feature V-8 engines. The ML550 employs a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter model, while the ML63 AMG features a 503-horsepower, 6.2-liter engine. Both work with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Standard safety features on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class include anti-lock brakes, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, electronic traction and stability control, and uphill and downhill assists. Parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the M-Class \"Good\" overall ratings-the Institute's highest-on all impact tests. In government crash tests, the NHTSA gave the M-Class 5 out of 5 stars on all its tests.

Depending on engine type, MSRPs for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ranged from $45,700 to $91,050.

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  • Name ML350 (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 45700.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
  • Name ML350 (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 48200.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name ML350 BlueTEC (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49700.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 18/25
  • Name ML450 Hybrid (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Continuously variable ratio MSRP 55000.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 21/24
  • Name ML550 (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 56750.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
  • Name ML63 AMG (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 91050.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 11/15
  • MB-Tex seat trim
  • 8-way pwr front bucket seats w/pwr driver lumbar
  • Active front head restraints
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat -inc: flip forward seat cushions, (3) height adjustable & retractable headrests
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/shift paddles, audio controls
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster -inc: trip meter, exterior temp gauge, oil level check, digital speedometer, audio status, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, trip computer, mobile phone book
  • Instrumentation -inc: electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, digital odometer, gear & mode selection
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down
  • SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: tailgate open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Dual-zone climate control -inc: charcoal activated dust & pollen filter
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
  • (4) 12-volt pwr outlets -inc: ashtray, rear console, cargo area, front passenger footwell
  • Polished burl walnut wood trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Night security illumination
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Heated front seats
  • AMG premium leather seat trim
  • 10-way pwr front multi-contour bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, front seat memory
  • 3-stage heated & ventilated front seats
  • Front/rear AMG floor mats
  • AMG leather-wrapped pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/shift paddles, audio controls
  • AMG instrument cluster w/silver-color aluminum trim
  • Instrumentation -inc: electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, clock, digital odometer, gear & mode selection, AMG RACETIMER
  • Keyless Go
  • 115V pwr outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 19" x 8.0" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/50R19 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/sunshade -inc: 1-touch open/close
  • Black roof rails
  • Silver grille w/chrome trim
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Front foglamps
  • Single red rear foglamp
  • Heat absorbing blue-tinted front glass
  • Pwr heated mirrors
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain-sensing wipers -inc: heated nozzles, lines & reservoir
  • Rear wiper w/washer
  • Hydraulically assisted tailgate closing
  • P255/50R19 all-season run-flat tires
  • 19" x 8.0" AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Brushed aluminum roof rails
  • Brushed aluminum rubber-studded running boards
  • 20" x 10" AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P295/40R20 high performance tires
  • AMG bumpers
  • High-gloss black grille w/chrome trim
  • Bi-xenon headlamps -inc: active curve illumination, headlamp washing system
  • Corner-illuminating foglamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Pwr folding heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission -inc: driver-adaptive shifting
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Front/rear skid plates
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension w/anti-dive geometry
  • Independent 4-arm multi-link rear suspension -inc: anti-squat geometry, alignment control
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes
  • Dual square polished stainless-steel exhaust tips
  • Off-road driving program
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged V6 BlueTEC diesel engine
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 Atkison cycle hybrid engine
  • 2-mode continuously variable transmission
  • Air suspension
  • Brake-energy regeneration
  • 5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • 6.3L DOHC 32-valve V8 AMG engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission -inc: driver-adaptive shifting, AMG SpeedShift
  • Airmatic semi-active suspension w/adaptive damping system (ADS II)
  • AMG pwr front/rear perforated & ventilated disc brakes
  • AMG sport exhaust system w/dual twin chrome tailpipes
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Electronic traction system (ETS)
    • Hill-start assist
    • Roll-over sensors
    • Driver-selectable daytime running lamps
    • Front dual-stage airbags w/adaptive front passenger airbag
    • Driver knee airbag
    • Front passenger occupant classification system
    • Front/rear side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side-impact air curtains
    • mbrace -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
    • PRE-SAFE predictive occupant-protection system
    • POST-SAFE accident response -inc: auto door unlock, engine/fuel cutoff
    • All-position 3-point seat belts -inc: emergency tensioning device, outboard belt force limiters, height-adjustable front seat belts
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4-ETS)
    • Downhill speed regulation (DSR)
    • Parktronic
    • Rearview camera
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/Weatherband stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, 6.5" display, Bluetooth, SD card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, 8-speaker sound system
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/Weatherband stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, 6.5" HD display, Bluetooth, SD card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system w/enhanced voice control, SIRIUS satellite radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, Harman Kardon LOGIC7 sound system, Gracenote media database, Zagat Survey restaurant guide

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