Spyshots: 2012 Mercedes M-Klasse

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With still over a year left before the official launch of the new generation Mercedes M-Klasse (rumor place it in dealerships sometime in mid-2011), the German carmaker continues testing the SUV, this time on the track.

Although the exterior changes are still neatly wrapped in a heavy camo, hence invisible, new info has become available regarding the engines to be used on the new M.

As we already reported earlier in May, Daimler is on the verge of redeveloping its engine range. As with its competitors, the carmaker aims to make the V6s and V8s in its stable a bit more powerful, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption.

Both engine types will find their way under the hood of the new M-Klasse, but with different figures attached. The 3.5l V6, with its new narrow-angle block, will provide a 24 per cent improvement in fuel consumption, while emissions will be reduced to 177g/km.

The 4.6l V8, tweaked to develop 435 horsepower (up from 388 hp) and 516 lb-ft. (700 Nm) of torque, will have a fuel economy of 29.7 mpg, with the CO2 dropping to 224 g/km.

Mercedes is also said to add a newer version of the hybrid system, which will probably be more fuel efficient than the current ML 450 Hybrid.

Back to the visual changes, the new M-Klasse comes with a body a few inches shorter than the current version. According to most sources, the bodywork will be significantly different than the current generation, with design cues taken from the E-Klasse and the GLK.

The changes which can be seen are on the car's door and handles, which are differently positioned. For the first time, the M-Klasse will get LED day-time running lights.
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