2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Comes With Standard Collision Prevention Assist

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Up until a decade or so ago, collision prevention assist systems on production cars were still seen as a futuristic safety gadget that could only be experienced in your home or at the cinema, while watching a Sci-Fi movie.
Fast forward to 2014 and even some compact cars have an optional system that sense when to stomp on the brakes without driver intervention, but the cost of the technology is still a bit on the prohibitive side to finally become mainstream.

One of the earliest promoters of an auto-braking system is Mercedes-Benz, which is also currently the car manufacturer with the largest number of different models sporting various variants of the technology, either in standard or as an option.

Now that the Mercedes-Benz M-Class W166 has entered its final year of production before a mid-cycle refresh will slightly update its styling and some of the technology and features onboard, the peeps from MB USA decided to fit the proprietary Collision Prevention Assist System as standard equipment on all MY 2014 models.

As some of you already know, the aforementioned system uses a dedicated radar sensor to monitor the distance to the vehicle in front of the car and its speed. If it senses the risk of an imminent collision. It first alerts the driver with a warning tone and a light in the instrument cluster.

On top of it, it also prepares the brakes for emergency braking, while also recognizing and adapting its response for a number of driving situations that may arise.

The US lineup of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class currently consists of four models, all featuring direct injection: the fuel sipper of the bunch and least powerful model is the ML 350 BlueTec, which uses a turbocharged three-liter V6 with 240 BHP and 620 Nm (457 lb ft) of torque.

Next in line is the popular ML 350 – which will soon be replaced by the twin-turbocharged ML 400 – which uses a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with 306 hp (302 bhp) and 370 Nm (273 lb ft) of torque.

The most powerful non-AMG model is the ML 550 (500 in Europe and other countries), which uses a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 that delivers 408 hp (402 bhp) and 600 Nm (443 lb ft) of torque.

With 525 hp (517 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb ft) of torque in standard or 557 hp (550 bhp) and 760 Nm (560 lb ft) of torque with the Performance Package, the ML 63 AMG represents the fastest and most powerful model in the current M-Class lineup for the US.
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