The premium luxury car market has never seen such a rapid growth as in the past 2-3 years. And the credit is to be given to all luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar etc. One of the oldest and most successful of these is Mercedes-Benz and it is my personal favorite.
The company was much in discussions over a couple of months in context with the all new 2012 Mercedes M Class. Reason being ,a while back the company had announced that it will start assembling the M Class and Mercedes GL Class here in India at its Pune plant from 2013.
image – Spy Picture of 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class
More interestingly, the car was recently spotted by one of our fellow blogs, at the Mumbai Air Cargo Complex. This assures us that the launch is near.
image – Official Picture Of 2012 Mercedes Benz M Class
On the technical front, the car is powered by a 3.0 Litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine producing 240 BHP mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission. As per claims, the car is a major improvement over the previous M Class.
One of the best examples is that the new ML250 consumes 6 liters of diesel per 100 km and with one full tank it can cover 1500 km. Adding to the list of features is the incorporated BlueEfficiency and BlueTec DIrect Injection technology that delivers class leading fuel economy.
Some of the features of the 2012 M Class are as follow:
- ATTENTION ASSIST, warns the driver of drowsiness
- Speed Limit Assist, displays road signs in the instrument cluster
- Tyre pressure loss warning system
- Intelligent Light System with specific lighting functions to match the relevant road and weather conditions
- Night View Assist Plus with automatic person recognition
- ADAPTIVE BRAKE with the functions Hill-Start Assist, priming, brake drying and hold function
- Brake Assist BAS to support the driver in critical braking manoeuvres
- DISTRONIC PLUS with BAS PLUS
- Lane Keeping Assist warns the driver as soon as it detects that the driver has unintentionally left a recognised marked lane. In addition, Active Lane Keeping Assist can react with lane-correcting brake application
- Blind Spot Assist warns the driver when vehicles are detected in the area of poor visibility, the so-called “blind spot”. Additionally, Active Blind Spot Assist can counteract a possible collision by specific application of the brakes on one side of the vehicle, if the driver does not react to the warning.
- Park Assist with PARKTRONIC, a system which can detect parking spaces and carry out the steering manoeuvres required for the parking process, simply leaving the driver to operate the brake and accelerator
- Reversing camera
- Adaptive brake light to warn vehicles behind in an emergency braking situation with flashing brake lights
- Adaptive Damping System
- Active Curve System for active roll stabilization
- AIRMATIC air suspension and ON/OFF road package with 6 driving modes
Spy Picture Credit-TeamBHP
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