Back in 1997, when Mercedes-Benz introduced the first ML, the world - the vehicle was a global product- was pretty confused about SUVs, with this segment being still in the growing process. This means that customers didn't know what to expect from these off-roaders that had moved into cities and automakers were not sure about the right way to design these vehicles.
The ML was fitted with a body-on-frame chassis, a feature destined for serious off-roading, even though hit was obvious that not many customers would use it too far away from the tarmac. However, it also used Electronic Stability Control, a first for its segment and brought together a list of assets that turned into a complete car, so it was very well received on the market.
Even though the first generation of the ML-Class had a lot of bright sides, it also came with enough dark colors to leave a lot of room for improvement and the second generation came to fix that in 2005.
The car moved to a unibody construction and increased in size, in order to better cater for the premium needs required by Mercedes-Benz customers. Due to the same reason, the vehicle also fixed certain quality issues of the first generation and was enrolled into the gadget army.
Last year, the German automotive producer surprised by introducing ML The Third, two years ahead of the company's standard life cycle, with the move coming as a result of the fierce competition in the segment.
Now that the SUVs have become a very important part of the automotive world and people know exactly what they want when buying such a car, the ML has a difficult mission: to prove that it has what it takes to make you spend your mornings, evenings, weekends and family time inside it.
For a few days, We became the masters of what should be the range's best-selling versions on the European market, the ML 350 BlueTEC, with our test car trying hard to generate attention with a hefty amount of optional extras.
The new ML-Class is a Mercedes to the last screw, being extremely conservative in design
, but this doesn't mean that its not appealing, especially when using AMG apparel like our test car.Continue reading