Since it first made its debut way back in 1998, the Mercedes M-Class has been a very popular model that has been a best seller for the carmaker. The 2017 Mercedes M-Class will be sold and should be available in showrooms sometime towards the end of this year. It will also make its debut on the world stage at the New York Auto Show in 2015.
2017 Mercedes M-Class – Exterior and Interior Changes
The 2017 Mercedes M-Class will be an updated version of the 3rd generation M-Class vehicle, which has been selling well. Mercedes has decided to switch names in order to make all its models and powertrains more recognizable. The new M-Class however sports a much more rounded exterior. The front of the vehicle has a very pronounced rounded look. In addition, it also gets attractive headlights while at the back the design is unchanged. The rear LED tail lights and the uniquely designed exhaust tips have been integrated in the lower reaches of the back bumper.
On the inside, the 2017 Mercedes M-Class gets sporty seats that besides being very attractive are also very comfortable. There is also a nice infotainment system that is almost the same as the ones used in the other Mercedes-Benz models. A center console is home to a proprietary controller, which in turn has a touchpad that is ergonomically designed. Other than these embellishments, the interiors also boast of plenty of carbon fiber material that along with wood and some artificial leather help to make the interiors very attractive.
The German automaker has decided to stay with the same powertrains as are being used in the earlier M-Class models. There is however some important news in that the company is now planning to offer a hybrid version as well. This will be called the GLE 550e 4Matic and it is very eco-friendly and uses the same powertrain as is already being used in the S-Class hybrid model. The hybrid version is combined with an AWD system.
2017 Mercedes M-Class – Engine and Performance
A V6 gasoline engine that is coupled to an electric motor that is integrated well with a useful 7-speed transmission powers the hybrid model. This hybrid system is capable of producing 436 horsepower and when the batteries are fully charged you can travel for 18 miles on the vehicle’s electric power. The carmaker has not provided details about the fuel efficiency of the engine. More information about this will be available just before the model is launched into the market.
Turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder 2.1 L with 200 hp will also be available to potential customers. In the offer will be engines of 3.0 L with 329 hp and 5.5 with 518 hp.
The German automaker also plans to offer another eco-friendly M-Class model in the form of the ML250, which will be powered by a 4-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 201 horsepower. The carmaker also plans to offer other variants including the ML350, which is powered by a 3.5 L V6 engine that delivers 302 horsepower. Other models include the ML63 AMG and the ML400.
2017 Mercedes M-Class – Release Date and Price
The bottom line is that the 2017 Mercedes M-Class is a heavy car that is extremely quiet. It faces competition from the Land Rover LR4 and the BMW X5 as well as the Audi Q7 and the Infiniti QX70. The carmaker has yet to provide details about the release date and price of its new 2017 Mercedes M-Class. We will have to wait till just before the launch of the vehicle to find out more about the price and release date of the vehicle.