The Mercedes Benz M Class was launched in the year 1997 as a 1998 model and was a big hit in the US and Mexico. The model got used in a Hollywood movie- The Lost World: Jurassic Park- before the commercial launch and received immense popularity. That, in fact, contributed to the gala success of the mid-size sports utility vehicle (SUV). This world acclaimed compact SUV had stepped in India in the year 2009 and brought same kind of success here as well. Influenced by the response from the Indian market, the German company has recently introduced Grand Sport Edition in India, it comes in two variants i.e. Mercedes Benz M Class Grand Sport Edition and Grand Executive Edition. The new added variants have given the potential car buyers a wide range of choice in the M Class model range.
The Mercedes Benz M Class debuted with a 3.0 litre, 2987cc, V6 powertrain that produces maximum power of 244 hp at 3800 rpm and delivers maximum torque of 510 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm with the help of 7-speed ‘7G-TRONIC’ Automatic Transmission. The mid-size sports utility vehicle comes loaded with standard 17 inch light weight alloy wheels and high profile tyres. The Mercedes Benz M Class has got dual circuit brakes coupled with Anti-lock braking system with brake assist. The car has been equipped with Airmatic suspension system; the front and rear suspension type are double wishbone /4 link.
The Mercedes Benz M Class sports all wheel drive system fitted in the 4MATIC is partnered by the ESP/4ETS electronic dynamic handling control system. The system can be switched on for off-road terrain; it ensures maximum distribution of the tractive force between the four drive wheels. The new variants also house fantastic darkened head lights, LED daytime running lamps integrated with front bumper, 10 spoke 19 inch alloy wheels, two tone interior, AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel, Grand Edition badge on the centre console, spare wheel in the boot, Downhill Speed Regulation, Acceleration skid control (ASR) and the off-road ABS system, Adaptive Damping System (ADS), Heated seats, PARKTRONIC & NECK-PRO luxury head restraints, etc.
The exterior look of the Mercedes Benz M Class matches to the SUV attributes and class apart styling. The front view of the SUV is dominated by upper radiator three horizontal chrome plated slats, centrally positioned Mercedes badge; smiling lower honeycomb grille, new darkened headlamps, day time running lamps, re-worked front apron with sump shield and solid front skid plates. The car has been provided with sweeping exterior mirrors in body colour, body colour door handles and waistline moulding. The rear side of the Mercedes Benz M Class is available with redesigned rear bumper, dual-flow exhaust system, wider rear wind shield and skid plate; Clear glass look tail lamp with LED technology are also available as option.
The interior of the Mercedes Benz M Class deserves special mention as it of the best quality and built with sound designing job. The dashboard of the vehicle looks amazing with fighter jet type instrument panel, AC vents and centre console features. It has been blessed with THERMATIC automatic climate control that enables constant climate in the cabin. You can also opt for THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control that permits individual temperature setting for all the occupants including driver. The centre console can also be upgraded with an optional COMAND APS multimedia system that is comprised of 6 1/2 inch colour display, navigation system with integral digital radio and CD/DVD player, Bluetooth interface, etc. The Mercedes Benz M Class also comes with optional Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system that consists of twelve high-performance loudspeakers and Dolby® Digital 5.1 technology, 11-channel DSP amplifiers, etc. The Mercedes Benz M Class also features rear side entertainment system that is equipped with two 8-inch screens on the head restraints of the front seats and wireless headphones and a remote control along with connections for a DVD player or games console.
The Mercedes Benz M Class sports multifunction 4 spoke steering wheel in leather that is mounted with audio and multimedia controls; the steering is added with standard gearshift paddles. The interior of the M Class is of two tone that improves its ambiance; however, you can also get optional two colour leather upholstery. The interior upholstery choices are ARTICO man-made leather/Aspen fabric combination, ARTICO man-made leather, ARTICO man-made leather/Alcantara combination and leather or Nappa leather (standard in the ML 63 AMG). The Mercedes Benz M Class has electrically adjustable backrest and seat cushion angle in the back as well as the front seat. Manual adjustment can be done for head restraint and seat fore-and-aft. Sports seats with the upholstery combination- ARTICO man-made leather/Alcantara fabric with contrasting stitching or multicontour seats for driver and front passenger can be ordered as an option.
In terms of safety, the Mercedes Benz M Class gets higher level of safety equipments that includes NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints, self-supporting body, energy absorbing rear and front structures, two stage front airbags, sidebags in the front and windowbags, optional rear sidebags, belt tensioner, PRE-SAFE system, ESP/4ETS dynamic handling control system, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and acceleration skid control (ASR), etc.