2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a midsize SUV that was first launched in 1998. The first-generation model featured body-on-frame construction, similar to that of a truck. The second-generation M-Class model, currently in production, debuted in 2006 on a new unibody platform, giving passengers a more carlike ride. The 2011 model year marks the final year of the current body style, as an all-new M-Class has been announced for 2012. Regardless, Mercedes-Benz still changed the exterior mirrors and added a few more options for 2011.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is sold in five different models: ML350, ML550, ML350 BlueTEC, ML450 Hybrid, and ML63 AMG. Standard ML350 models arrive with vinyl seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and full power accessories (the ML550 and ML63 AMG are fitted with leather upholstery as standard equipment). Standard wheels on the ML350 are 19-inch alloys. Major option packages add a rearview camera, power liftgate, navigation system, Harmon-Kardon audio system, iPod interface, and more. Leather packages include both partial and full leather options. Other available features include 20-inch alloy wheels, trailer hitch, running boards, heated seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The ML63 is designed for driving enthusiasts, with oversized tires, sport suspension, sporty interior components, and a full cosmetic body kit.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers buyers a choice between five different engines. The standard power plant on the ML350 is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower, while the ML550 features a 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower. The ML350 BlueTEC is fitted with a diesel-powered, turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower. The ML450 Hybrid features a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine coupeed to a pair of electric motors, for a combined output of 335 horsepower. Lastly, the ML63 AMG boasts a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 503 horsepower. All 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class models feature a 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (4MATIC), with the exception of the base model, which is offered with rear-wheel drive only. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class between 11 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, depending on powertrain.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 starts at a base price of around $47,000 and tops out with the ML63 AMG, which starts at around $93,000.


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