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2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2008:

  • New ML550 model
Overview
Mercedes-Benz launched the first-generation M-Class as a 1998 model: a 5-passenger model generally acknowledged as the first premium sport utility vehicle (SUV) to market. The M-Class was built on a body-on-frame chassis, with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system to offer equal performance on- and off-road. Advanced safety features included stability control and side-impact air bags.

The second-generation M-Class was introduced as a 2006 model. Built on a new unibody platform (shared with the larger GL-Class), the now larger and more stylish M-Class boasted improved build quality, handling and performance compared to the model it replaced. For 2008, the ML500 model has been superseded by the ML550.

Model Lineup
Mercedes-Benz offers four different M-Class models for 2008. They range from the diesel-powered ML320 CDI to the sporty AMG-tuned ML63. While all share the same unibody chassis, 5-passenger seating configuration and 4Matic full-time AWD, the various model numbers distinguish both engine displacement and equipment levels.

The 6-cylinder diesel ML320 CDI and the 6-cylinder gasoline ML350 both offer similar standard equipment such as full power accessories, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power seats, 19-inch wheels, and a SmartKey remote. The 8-cylinder ML550 adds standard leather upholstery; heated seats; 3-zone climate control; a harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital audio system; 19-inch, 5-spoke wheels; and more. The range-topping, 8-cylinder ML63 AMG adds 10-way power seats and premium leather upholstery. The exterior of the AMG model is differentiated by stainless-steel running boards, flared wheel arches, dual quad exhaust tips and 20-inch AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels.

Major options include several premium packages containing DVD navigation; rearview camera; Sirius satellite radio; bi-Xenon, curve-illuminating headlamps; and skid plates. An Adaptive Dampening System (ADSII), Keyless Go, air suspension, rear-seat entertainment system, and Distronic cruise control are also available on some models.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV is available with four different engines, each specific to a particular model. The non-gasoline ML320 CDI is equipped with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel engine rated at 215 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway). The gasoline models include the ML350 with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel economy estimates of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway), and the ML550, with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel economy estimates of 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway). The standard transmission is an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic.

The high-performance version of the M-Class is the ML63 AMG. Under the hood, an AMG-built, 6.3-liter V-8 engine puts out 503 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque (EPA fuel economy estimates of 11 mpg city/14 mpg highway). According to Mercedes, when mated to the standard AMG Speedshift 7-speed automatic transmission, this engine propels the ML63 AMG to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Benz provides a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty on all M-Class vehicles.

Safety
In the 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, both driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage front air bags, side-impact air bags, and emergency tensioning 3-point safety belts with height-adjustable shoulder belts. Second-row passengers are provided with side-impact air bags and pre-tensioning seat belts. Window curtain air bags are designed to deploy along the front and side door windows during an accident, or if the system determines a rollover is imminent. The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system is standard on second-row outboard seats. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2007, it earned 5 stars (the agency's highest rating) for front-impact crash protection and 4 stars for rollover protection.

Technology
Tele Aid is a hands-free wireless telemetric system offered on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class. With the push of a single button, driver and passengers are able to summon help in the event of an emergency, contact roadside assistance for vehicle help, or contact a Response Specialist to answer questions. The system is also designed to be autonomous: In the event of an air bag or seat belt tensioning device deployment, Tele Aid will immediately call for assistance and send GPS-based vehicle positioning information to the emergency personnel. Depending on the selected service package, Tele Aid can also offer remote door unlocking, alarm notification, stolen vehicle recovery services, and more.

Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base (A7) 7 speed automatic $44,000 268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 15/20
Edition 10 (A7) 7 speed automatic $51,930 268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 15/20

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