Mercedes Benz, the German luxury car maker has launched its sensational ML350 2012 SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) in the Indian auto market on 15th May, 2012. The premium crossover was speculated to be unleashed later this year but the auto company, which has slipped to no 3 position in the luxury segment thanks to some terrific sales of its German counterpart Audi, wanted to fast grip the market before anyone does and thus introduced its new product for the subcontinent on a hurried pace.
The all new Mercedes Benz ML350 2012 is a superb performer all credit to its fantastic V6 engine coupled with seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox which goes into any desirable mode as per your selection. Styling is electrifying and appealing with the vehicle having good road presence as well. Germans are the masters when it comes to designing interiors and the new Mercedes Benz ML350 CDI 2012 also boasts the same. Loads of driving assistance is embedded into the Merc SUV which includes Speed Limit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Park Assist and many more. This sort of features along with comfort and power of Merc vehicles makes driving thrilling than ever.
Mercedes Benz ML350 is locking horns with Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
Engine, Specifications & Performance:-
Under the sophisticated hood of Merc ML350 rests a 3.0-litre turbo V6 ‘Bluetec 4-matic’ diesel engine which belts out 258 bhp of top power at 3600 rpm along with exceptional torque of 619 Nm at 1600 rpm – 2400 rpm. The bulky powermill is mated to 7-G Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. The third generation ML350 CDI has a fabulous system of enhancing the ground clearance with a touch of a button, thus making it easy to switch from normal mode to off road one.
Mercedes Benz ML350 CDI sprints from 0-100 kmph in scary 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 224 kmph. For better performance, the ML350’s engine supplies power to all the wheels enabling it to combat the toughest terrains.
Dynamically crafted with fine lines all over the body, Mercedes Benz ML350 is a mighty crossover with aggressive looks that portray the car’s flamboyance and performing abilities. With higher tensile steel body, Merc SUV can take the worst mishaps with utmost resistance. Front fascia is broad with wide front grill having the three point star neatly tucked in and soothing powerful headlamps. Like its E-Class cousin, day time running LEDs are separately installed.
The all new Mercedes Benz ML350 interiors are equally adorable and comfortable from inside. With the increased dimensions, plenty of space is liberated inside the cabin which imbibes a feel of relaxation. Power bucket front seats along with new exciting features fill the interior with thrill. With an array of features you can choose from, the premium crossover is just the right vehicle for big shots wanting luxury tripper.
Comfort and Convenience:-
The German mammoth is packed with host of exotic features which include Intelligent Light System, Speed Limit Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Night View Assist Plus with automatic person recognition, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Electric speed-proportional power steering, AM/FM in-dash single CD/DVD with CD MP3 Playback stereo, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Transmission and audio controls mounted on steering, Turn signal in mirrors, Dual zone climate controls – driver and passenger, 3-Zone Automatic Climate Control (SPC), Speed sensitive volume control, Alloy and wood trim on center console, etc.
Mercedes has never compromised on safety aspect of its occupants and thus the new Mercedes Benz ML350 CDI is also packed with protective features like 4-wheel ABS, Front and rear head airbags, Dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags, Child seat anchors, Emergency braking assist, Auto delay off headlamps, Stability control, Traction control, Electronic brakeforce distribution, Driver head restraint whiplash protection system, etc.
The fuel efficiency of ML350 is approximately between 10-12 kmpl overall.
The premium massive vehicle is priced at Rs 66 lakh (Ex-showroom New Delhi).
Merc has done well in designing the new ML350 which is certainly sharper, precise and powerful than its predecessor. However some aspects were missed out which include steering response that fails to work perfectly in tandem with the speed of the vehicle. It is an expensive buy compared to its rivals. Another drawback is the crossover is mere five-seater.
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