These are the clearest images yet of Mercedes’ revised M-class, caught during winter testing ahead of its debut next spring.
Codenamed W166, the new ML is set to adopt Stuttgart’s latest engine technology, as well as a raft of interior features drafted over from Merc’s high-end saloons.
The interior shot grabbed here shows some of the features, including a totally redesigned dashboard. The ML will get unique switchgear and a rotary controller for Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system. Some prototypes have been seen with Mercedes’ night-vision sensor in the windscreen, too.
The core petrol engine will be a twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre V8, producing between 408bhp and 435bhp. A V6 ML will also be available; it’s likely to use the reworked version of Merc’s normally aspirated 3.5-litre unit, with 306bhp, because the ML is arriving a little too early to get the twin-turbocharged version of this engine.
AMG will again release a performance variant, equipped this time with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 producing around 520bhp and 516lb ft of torque. That should be enough to beat the ML63 AMG’s 0-62mph time of 5.0sec, while improving on its fuel economy of 17.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 392g/km.
The diesel line-up will include a 190bhp 3.5-litre common-rail V6, and the reworked version of the same engine, as featured in the R-class and now in the S-class. It gets higher boost pressure, among other tweaks, to offer 265bhp. There is also likely to be a hybrid model, based on a petrol-electric powertrain.