Mercedes M-class (2011): the new spy pictures

Published: 10 December 2010

Mercedes will launch the new M-class at the end of 2011. Our spy pictures show the new-generation ML testing in Europe ahead of launch next autumn.

Mercedes ML (2011): the story

The new ML remains a full-sized SUV, with 4wd hardware to match. But to stay in tune with the zeitgeist, there will be a raft of eco tech to trim CO2 and mpg figures.

Hybrids will be offered, and BlueEfficiency fuel-supping tech will percolate the range, featuring intelligent alternators and stop/start tech much like BMW’s EfficientDynamics package.

Engines stretching down to 4cyl

Our sources say there will be four-cylinder engines available this time, but Mercedes’ latest 3.5-litre V6, and 4.6 and 5.5-litre V8s, will also be offered – the latter, in twin-turbocharged guise, will also form the basis of an AMG variant. And there’ll be diesel power for those of us who live in Europe.

Expect to see the new Mercedes ML on sale in late 2011 or early 2012 in the UK, following a debut in late summer/early autumn of next year. 

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet