Mercedes M-Class Handling

The current generation M-Class was launched in 2011 and has been one of the most potent performers for the German manufacturer in recent times. Now Mercedes-Benz is readying up a comprehensive mid-life facelift for the very popular luxury SUV that could be revealed by the end of this year and has been slated for a launch in 2015. We take a look at the list of changes to expect on the facelifted model; keeping the SUV fresh for another couple of years.

The 2015 Mercedes M-Class will receive updates to the front fascia featuring a revised grille, front bumper and subtle changes to the hood as well. The rest of the body is expected to be largely the same, however will certainly get small tweaks to keep the facelift visually contemporary. The interiors too will be updated with a redesigned centre console that will now house the floating touchscreen system, now standard on all models in the company’s portfolio. The steering wheel has also been changed to a sportier 3-spoke unit. Expect to see the addition of new leather upholstery and updated COMAND infotainment system on the M-Class facelift.

We expect the 2015 Mercedes ML-Class facelift to carry the same powertrain under the hood from the current model. Internationally the M-Class comes with the option of a 3.0-litre diesel producing 240 BHP, 3.5-litre diesel producing 302 BHP and a 5.5-litre diesel producing 518 BHP of power. The engines though could be tuned to offer improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Speculations are also rife that Mercedes could add the option of a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission on the facelifted ML-Class.

While the European launch is expected in the early months of 2015, India will only see the facelifted M-Class by mid next year. Engine options are most likely to remain the same with the 2.2-litre 4-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 diesels performing duties under the hood. The current M-Class commands a healthy demand in our country with the waiting period extending up to three months for the SUV. The next generation M-Class is expected to arrive in 2017.

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