All About Mercedes Benz M-Class.
The Mercedes Benz M-Class, renamed GLE-Class in 2015, is a mid-size luxury crossover, SUV produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz since 1997. In terms of size, it is slotted in between the smaller GLC-Class (based on the C-Class) and the larger GLS-Class, with which it shares platforms. For a short time, between 1999 and 2002, the M-Class was also built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, for the European market, before all the production moved to the U.S. plant near Vance, Alabama. From late 2012, the M-Class was also assembled at new plants in India and Indonesia.
The ML 320 was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year for 1998 and was voted the 1998 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, in January 1998. It also received the World Car Award in March 1999, voted by an international jury of automotive journalists in Geneva. Despite the accolades, Mercedes-Benz received considerable criticism with respect to the substandard quality of the W163. Quality improved over the years, especially after the facelift in 2001 for the 2002 model year. DaimlerChrysler spent US$600 million on improvements at the Alabama factory before launching the second generation ML in 2005.
2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class may not be a standout star in the luxury midsize SUV segment, but there’s plenty here to make it a worthy used-car option.
The M-Class makes its mark thanks to its impressively luxe cabin, soft ride, generous seating space, and fantastic safety ratings. Depending on which engine you’re eyeing, the M-Class can also be downright quick. Mercedes offered the M-Class in four trim levels for 2015, its final model year: ML250, ML350, ML400, and ML63 AMG. For 2016, the M-Class was replaced by the GLE SUV.
Notably, attractive competitors aren’t hard to find in this competitive segment. The 2015 Lexus RX 350 offers better predicted reliability ratings and a much lower five-year projected cost of ownership, according to the data that drive our rankings. Alternatively, the zesty BMW X5 may well lead the segment in smiles per hour.
2015 M-Class Performance.
The 2015 Mercedes M-Class lineup offers a choice of four engines. The base ML350 model features a 3.5-liter V6. The twin-turbocharged ML250 packs a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel. The ML400 model features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, and the high-performance ML63 AMG boasts a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8. There’s an engine for any taste.
All come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission outfitted with shift paddles, and all but the base ML350 model (rear-wheel drive) feature Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.