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By Cars.com Staff
September 6, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class midsize SUV seats five and competes with the Audi Q7, Land Rover LR4 and BMW X5.
Mercedes also markets the ML63 AMG, a high-performance version of the M-Class powered by a 518-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8. There's also an available all-wheel-drive diesel variant called the ML350 Bluetec 4Matic.
New for 2014 Little has changed on the M-Class for 2014. The exception is the company's SplitView center dashboard screen; it is now available as a special-order option on M-Class. This screen allows the driver and front passenger to see different images. For example, the driver could view navigation information while the passenger can watch a DVD movie.
19-inch wheels; 19- and 20-inch AMG-style wheels available
LED daytime running lights and taillights
Lightweight aluminum hood and fenders
Available running boards
Available bi-xenon headlamps with washers
Available tilt-sliding panoramic glass roof
Color instrument-cluster display
7-inch screen part of Mercedes' Comand system
Available massaging seats for driver and front passenger
Heated front seats
Available heated rear seats
Bluetooth audio streaming
Auxiliary and USB inputs
Available premium surround-sound audio system
Available hard-drive-based navigation system
Available rear-seat entertainment system
Under the Hood
3.5-liter V-6 that makes 302 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque (ML350)
Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that makes 240 hp and 455 pounds-feet of torque (ML350 Bluetec)
Twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 402 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque (ML550)
Available On- and Off-Road Package
Available all-wheel drive
Agility Control adaptive damping
Available Airmatic self-leveling air suspension includes Sport and Comfort modes
Attention Assist driver-drowsiness detection
Collision Prevention Assist
Mbrace2 communication system
Pre-Safe, which prepares the cabin for a potential impact or rollover
Available lane departure warning and prevention
Available blind spot warning system
Available adaptive cruise control with automatic braking
Available front and rear parking sensors
Available parking assist with backup camera
ML63 AMG Buyers looking for power can choose the high-performance ML63 AMG. It's powered by a 518-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 516 pounds-feet of torque. If 518 hp isn't enough, there's an available AMG Performance Package that adds 32 hp for a total of 550 hp. With the package, the claimed zero-to-60-mph time is just 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is 174 mph. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV comes with all-wheel drive.