By Colin Bird on Tue Jul 12 21:55:35 GMT-06:00 2011
When the redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class goes on sale this fall, it will have the exact same pricing as last year’s model, said Dan Barile, Mercedes-Benz spokesman. The 2012 ML350 4matic has a starting price of $48,990, and the diesel ML350 Bluetec starts at $50,490, not including an $875 destination charge. Both trims come with a standard permanent all-wheel-drive system with adjustable controls. Mercedes hasn’t announced whether there will be a rear-wheel-drive-only base model as there was for the 2011 model year.
Overall, the 2012 trims offer more value and better fuel economy compared to their predecessors. The 2012 M-Class has nine airbags, including a new knee airbag, and there’s a new standard drowsiness detection system that monitors driver attentiveness. There’s also a new active damping suspension system standard on both trims. Check out our First Look to learn more about what has changed on the model.The 2012 ML350 4matic is powered by a revised 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 17/22 mpg city/highway; the 2011 got 15/20 mpg. The 2012 ML350 Bluetec gets a revised 240-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, producing 455 pounds-feet of torque. It gets 20/25 mpg, which is up from 18/25 mpg in 2011.
Both trims get Bluetooth audio streaming, LED daytime running lights, 19-inch aluminum wheels, a 7-inch center console display, 4.5-inch instrument cluster display, heated front seats, aluminum roof rails and eight-way power-adjustable front seats standard.
There are several option packages, which include features such as blind spot monitoring, heated/cooled cupholders, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. The 2012 M-Class goes on sale in September. Continue reading below for more option details.
Premium 1 Package ($3,600)
Premium 2 Package ($5,450)
Premium 1 Package contents plus:
Dynamic Handling Package ($5,150)
Lighting Package ($1,290)
Lane Tracking Package ($850)
Driver Assistance Package ($2,950)