For the third generation of the SUV, the German engineers went back to the drawing board, where they came across a forgotten tech drawing of the predecessor's chassis. Thus, they started the project not from scratch, but by using this. They did some serious work on the chassis, some even more serious work on the suspension and thus the 2012 model was born.
The V6 oil burner is one of the strongest in its segment, allowing the driver's right foot to control 258 hp at 3,500 rpm and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft), which arrive as ear;y as 1,600 rpm. It is mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox that has been specifically tweaked for this model.
Unfortunately, our test car wasn't fitted with the on & off road package, a goodie that offers six driving modes. In this standard configuration, the throttle response feels a bit late, as if the car was permanently kept in some sort of winter mode.
In reality, the V6 engine manages to do a good job at carrying the vehicle onto its top speed, but you just don't feel this.
One of the tech goodies that we enjoyed the most is Active Curve, which uses the stabilizer bars as toys for keeping the handling child happy, while the vehicle's non-fully disengageable electronic nannies manage to tame even the wildest of drivers.
As for the air suspension, this does a great job at turning one vehicle into two different performers, but, especially in combination with the optional 20-inch AMG rims, doesn't manage to pass all the road irregularity tests with A+ grades.
The new ML is also a jack of all electronic trades, and Mercedes assures us that it's not a master of none - the car is fitted with all sorts of gadgets
that aim to make life easier for both the driver and the passengers.Continue reading
MERCEDES-BENZ ML350 technical data summary
Engine: 2987 cm3 cc V6 Diesel
Dimensions: 189.13 in (4804 mm) length / 84.29 in (2141 mm) width / 70.7 in (1796 mm) height
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