We believe Mercedes is almost ready to launch the new ML at either the Paris Motor Show in October or Detroit in January 2015. Following that, the SUV will likely enter production with a few months.
The M-Class has always been a sexy beast, but this new model is even better. Still, it will have to go up against the all-new BMW X5 and the a significantly refreshed version of the Porsche Cayenne.
New powertrains will be key to the new M-Class W166 Facelift. These should include a twin-turbo 3-liter V6 replacing the aged naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 in the current ML 350. A slight boost in power is expected, reaching 333 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb ft) of torque.
Mercedes will also have to update all its other mills, especially the diesels. Currently, the German company has no answer to the barrage of twin-turbo and tri-turbo diesels coming from rivals Audi and BMW. Rumors have suggested a plug-in hybrid model is also on the way, using a powertrain that's already been developed for the S-Class. However, no prototype has yet been spotted with the double gas cap traditionally associated with these electrified cars.
The flagship ML 63 AMG will be available in two flavors: "normal" with 557 hp and and 760 Nm (560 lb ft) of torque, or S-Model variant, with 585 hp and 800 Nm (664 lb ft) of torque. All engines will be paired to the new hyper-efficient 9G-Tronic transmission, with 2 more cogs than is currently offered, except for the AMG model, which will continue with what it's currently got.