The Mercedes-Benz M Class is all-new for 2012, bringing with it fresh new styling, more powerful yet frugal engines, and a lot more luxury.
The vehicle retains its upscale-family status-symbol quality, and with a pricetag starting below $50k we think it’s great value for money too.
The engine lineup has been completely updated, with the base 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 302 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The engine works well with the seven-speed automatic transmission it comes matched to, happily running up and down the revs as you move about town or the highway.
For the green-minded SUV buyer, Mercedes is once again offering a diesel option on the M Class. In the latest 2012 model you get a new BlueTec turbodiesel engine delivering 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower number may not seem all that impressive but when diesels are concerned it’s torque that matters, and in the M Class the oil-burner will allow you to 'waft' up to speed...
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