2016 Mercedes ML

Even though we all got used to the naming scheme of the most popular German car brand – Mercedes-Benz, new model year brings few adjustments in the system. So far known as ML-Class, Mercedes vehicles will further on carry the GLE-Class badge. But, in order to make the transition easier, we will use the model’s original name, ML, in this review. 2016 Mercedes ML debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show. This model year will bring updates, but will not start the third generation yet, since it will go through the mid-cycle facelift.  

2016 Mercedes ML Front

2016 Mercedes ML design specs

Look of the refreshed 2016 Mercedes ML gets more rounded lines. This mid-size luxury SUV features changes in both exterior and interior styling, as well as in its equipment. Front end of the model, as it usually is the case with mid-cycle refreshments, get the most visible changes. It now has more rounded lines, combines with new headlight design, rebadged name thick-slatted chrome grille and lower placed bumper. Rear end has new taillights, modernized and in line with new squared-off exhaust tips.

Refreshed look of the 2016 Mercedes ML also brings additional inches. The model is slightly larger than before, while the biggest stretch was done on the wheelbase which is now 121 inches long, around 6 inches more than before. This will affect interior space, so the passengers are expected to get more comfort and leg room than before.

Interior is equipped with sport seats and latest technology features. At the top of the dash is placed touchpad, bellow it is a COMAND controller, while trim choices available are carbon fiber, wood and synthetic leather.

2016 Mercedes ML Interior

2016 Mercedes ML engine

When it comes to performance of the 2016 Mercedes ML, biggest news is the addition of the hybrid variant of the model. Besides that, the engines are mainly carried over from the previous model year. This means that 2016 Mercedes ML will be available with 2 gasoline and one diesel unit.

Base gasoline engine is naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 which delivers 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Second, optional, and more powerful version is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with output of 329-hp and 354-lb-ft of torque. Diesel unit is a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Hybrid version combines 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with a 114-hp electric motor delivering 436 horsepower of combined output.

2016 Mercedes-AMG ML version offers even more power. It comes packed with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, capable to deliver 550 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The strongest S version adds more power, and comes with 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque.

Depending on market, transmissions are different. US versions of the model come with a seven-speed automatic, while European diesel MLs come with a nine-speeder.

2016 Mercedes ML Rear

2016 Mercedes ML rivals

The closest competitors of the 2016 Mercedes ML come from its mainland. Those include Porsche Cayenne, BMW’s X5 and X6, Audi Q7 as well as British Land Rover Discovery and Japanese Lexus RX.

2016 Mercedes ML price and release date

Release date of the model is set for this summer, so check your nearest showroom for specific data about the model. The model’s price will range from $52,025 to $65,525.

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