Spotlight on the New M-Class Hybrid

Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by in Reviews

In September 2011, the well-known German based Mercedes Benz Motors introduced its new 2012 M-Class Sports Utility Vehicle, which has received many new enhancements, notably in terms of fuel efficiency, performance, and interior cabin ambience that maintains it completely competitive in the present luxury SUV game.

It has been reported that the German automaker is now strategizing and working hard to launch the new M-Class Mercedes hybrid SUV for purchase by all potential consumers in the United States market. Even though, the company hasn’t made any official confirmation about the availability of 2012 M-Class hybrid model, there are already many rumors buzzing around all over about the new hybrid model.

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Basic Information

In the United States market, the M-Class hybrid has been really a tough sell. It made its debut in the market back in 2009 at the New York Motor Show, and it has been on U.S sale for almost 2-years. Its sale is infact limited to lease only due of concerns regarding the long-term reliability and consistency of the vehicle’s battery pack.
It also costs around $10K extra than the standard gasoline model variant, which is another major reason for its tough sales.

Technical Details

2012 ML350 has come equipped with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine that has the potential to deliver an impressive 302-horsepower and peak torque of about 273 pound-feet. The new LL350 Bluetec edition is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine that has the ability to pump out 240-hp and maximum torque of around 455 pound-feet.

Both engines are expected to precisely meet the new emission standards in all fifty states. The official technical details of the new M-Class hybrid model have not yet been disclosed by its manufacturers.

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Fuel Economy

The earlier M-Class Hybrid (ML450) has the ability to return a fuel economy of around 24 miles per gallon in urban areas, and 21 miles per gallon on expressways, which was very poor as compared to its key rival, Lexus RX450h fuel mileage ratings of around 30/28 mpg cities/highways.

The new generation M-Class hybrid is expected to come with much improved fuel efficiency ratings along with enhanced performance stats.

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