An all-new ML450 Hybrid is the headline M-Class story for 2010. In other news, the ML350 BlueTec carries a new name (the mechanicals remain the same) while the rest of the lineup receives minor equipment changes and new standard safety features.
- Minor changes for 2010
- New ML450 Hybrid debuts with 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and electric motor for a combined 335-horsepower rating
- ML450 Hybrid also receives a standard 8-speed automatic transmission
- The ML320 BlueTec has been renamed the ML350 BlueTec
- All models receive standard burl walnut interior trim and premium leather steering wheel
- All models receive the advanced tire-pressure-monitoring system
- New Post-Safe system debuts with automatic door unlocking and engine and fuel shutoff after an accident
- New paint colors: Palladium Silver and Steel Gray
A wide choice of engines is the main story of the 2010 M-Class, Mercedes-Benz's oldest SUV.
The 2010 model is offered in five trim levels, each corresponding to a different engine. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, the COMAND electronics interface, 8-speaker sound system, sunroof, and a full menu of power accessories. Many options are available, packaged or stand-alone. The premium ML63 AMG trim features 20-inch wheels, air suspension and adaptive damping, and many other upgrades.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers a choice of five engines. The standard power plant for the ML350 is a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, it delivers 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive. The ML350 Bluetec features a 210-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine (legal in all 50 states), which produces 400 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its standard all-wheel drive. The ML450 Hybrid employs two electric motors and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which together produce 335 horsepower and 381 lb.-ft. of torque. This power plant is teamed with a transmission that features both fixed and continuously variable ratios. The ML450 Hybrid delivers 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
The ML550 and the ML63 AMG both feature V-8 engines. The ML550 employs a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter model, while the ML63 AMG features a 503-horsepower, 6.2-liter engine. Both work with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class include anti-lock brakes, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, electronic traction and stability control, and uphill and downhill assists. Parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the M-Class "Good" overall ratings-the Institute's highest-on all impact tests. In government crash tests, the NHTSA gave the M-Class 5 out of 5 stars on all its tests.
Depending on engine type, MSRPs for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ranged from $45,700 to $91,050.
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