At Sears Imports Mercedes Benz in Minnetonka we just received our first shipment of all new, 2012 Mercedes Benz ML350 SUVs! They were just being unloaded a couple of minutes ago. Three of these all new, highly anticipated vehicles just arrived, two black ones and a white one. They are here and available today (the blue car on the transporter below the two MLs is a Cadillac, not an ML).
This is the second redesign for the M Class SUV since its introduction in the late 1990s. The last redesign was back in 2006. This is a completely new vehicle, inside, outside and under the hood. These new ML350s get the direct injection engine that pumps up the power to 302 horsepower while returning better gas mileage than the previous generation M class vehicles at the same time.
Prices have remained about the same, the white ML here in stock now has an MSRP of $54,255 with the Premium 1 Package which includes things like Navigation, Bluetooth, voice control, all the goodies you’d expect in this top of the line SUV. It’s also got a trailer hitch and rear DVD pre wiring.
You can see from the photos below that the ML has been completely changed. The interior is really nice with a new steering wheel, the navigation screen has been moved up higher on the dash, the COMAND controller (that you see in just about every other MB vehicle) has been added to the ML as well. I immediately noticed the upgraded interior materials. The MB tex seats feel softer and come with contrasting stitching in the new ML, it’s just an overall richer feeling vehicle on the inside.
The exterior is completely different of course, the largest change is up front, the grille is much more upright, like every other recent Mercedes redesign (think 2012 SLK and last year’s R class) echoing styling cues that trickled down from the SLS AMG supercar. The other thing I noticed immediately is that there are no tailpipes hanging out the back of these new MLs. They have tucked the exhaust pipes up under the rear of the vehicle, it is dual exhaust, but it is not visible unless you crawl under the rear bumper an look up.