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Christopher Bruce2012-06-20 16:19:50

Mercedes ML500 4Matic BlueEfficiency Brings Smaller V8 for More Power

The engine is smaller at 4.7l but power is up to 408hp

MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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introduced the third generation M-classM-Class Gen.3 [W166]Mercedes-Benz M-Class Gen.3 [W166]Germany, 2011 > present7 versions
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last September, and it is giving the new ML500ML 500 4Matic BlueEfficiencyMercedes-Benz ML 500 4Mat...Germany, 2012 > present4 photos
a sizable engine upgrade. The new ML500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY uses a 4.7 liter V8 that produces 408hp and 600Nm of torque. It is meant to slot between the the V6 ML350ML 350 4 Matic BlueEFFICIENCYMercedes-Benz ML 350 4 Ma...Germany, 2011 > present3 photos
and the top of the line ML63 AMGML63 AMGMercedes-Benz ML63 AMGGermany, 2012 > present6 photos

Power is almost exactly between the 306hp from the ML350 and the 525hp ML63 AMG. However, the ML500's fuel economy is closer to the ML63 AMG. It is certified at between 11.0-11.5l/100km. In comparison, the ML63 AMG uses 11.8l/100km, and the ML350 uses 8.5-8.8l/100km.  

The new ML500 comes standard with Mercedes' 7G-Tronic transmission.

For 2013, all M-class models get a suite of safety upgrades. Collision Prevention Assist with Brake Assist is standard, which can stop the vehicle automatically if it senses a crash. 

For style, the ML500 comes standard with 19in wheels and 21in wheels are optionally available. The TFT screen between the instruments has a higher resolution for better visibility

Options for the ML500 include automatically opening and closing doors and hatch, Active Park Assist, massaging seats, Bang & Olufsen 1200w sound system, AMG Exterior Package and designo leather interior. Mercedes also offers vehicle packages like the ON&OFFRoad package that includes special off-road modes and two-stage transfer case. The Active Curve System can also be added that uses active anti-roll bars on the front and rear to compensate for hard cornering. 

The ML500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY has a European base price of €63,050.00.

M-Class Gen.3 [W166]M-Class Gen.3 [W166]
ML 500 4Matic BlueEfficiencyML 500 4Matic BlueEfficiency
V 8
285 cu in
Top Speed
155 mph
7, Automatic
Maximum power
408 hp
Off-road vehicle
Fuel consumption (combined)
21.38 US MPG
annual ownership cost
$ 1.543




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