The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz M-Class may lack any one specific standout feature, but it offers a broad feature set that includes a wide variety of engines, a supremely comfortable cabin, and a smorgasbord of optional packages. Furthermore, the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2017 comes with a spacious backseat, a serene ride quality, a very fuel-efficient diesel option, and top crash-test scores. Several trims are offered for the M-Class, however, this review covers only the 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350. Its release date should be expected this fall.
The new model joins the growing list of premium midsize crossovers in its segment that offer a boatload of luxuries and top-performance. For those looking for an impenetrable build quality, an inviting cabin, and a practicality-minded luxury crossover, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 is perhaps the most obvious choice here.
Under the hood, the new model comes with the familiar 3.5L V6 engine rated at 302 horsepower and 273 lbs. ft. of torque. Fuel economy ratings for this engine are amazing with the rear-wheel drive system rated at 18/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/22/19 mpg with the AWD option.
When properly equipped, the ML350 can achieve a maximum towing capacity of up to 6,600 pounds. Besides the thrilling performance specs, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 interior is also one major facet that buyers in this segment expect to be of high-quality and awash with plenty of standard and optional technologies.
Indeed, the interior comes with a boatload of standard and optional technologies in order to justify the hefty price the vehicle demands. Some of the standard features to expect include LED taillights and running lights, wood interior trim, automatic wipers, adaptive suspension dampers, eighteen-inch wheels, folding rear seats, a manual telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, premium vinyl upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a sunroof.
Although we particularly love the 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350, we’re envious of the options available for shoppers in this segment. Some of the options available include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, and Lexus RX 350.
2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Interior & Exterior Changes
The Mercedes-Benz ML350 2017 is the only exception in the entire trim lineup in the bigger M-Class that comes with both the 4Matic and a RWD system.
Some of the standard accessories available for the ML350 include a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, LED taillights and running lights, reclining and folding rear seats, wood interior trim, a power liftgate, Mercedes mbrace2 communications system, an eight-speaker sound system, a USB port, HD and satellite radio, smartphone app integration, a seven-inch color display, MB-Tex premium upholstery, eight-way power front seats, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Options bundled on the Premium I package include double sun visors, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a rearview camera, satellite and HD radio, driver memory settings, an iPod interface, a navigation system, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, power-folding exterior mirrors, a 10-way power driver seat, a rear 115-V power outlet, and power-folding exterior mirrors.
Individual options include running boards, a trailer hitch, enhanced iPhone connectivity, rear-seat entertainment system, a heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, a panoramic sunroof, the “Active Curve” handling enhancement.
2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 is a 3.5L V6 engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission system. The transmission is responsible for routing all the power generated – 302 horsepower and 273 lbs. ft. of torque – to either the rear wheel drive or an AWD system.
The EPA estimates the fuel economy for the RWD system to stand at 18/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/22/19 mpg with the AWD option.
As already mentioned above, a properly equipped ML350 should be able to achieve a maximum towing capacity of around 6,600 pounds.
2017 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Release Date & Price
Rumors allege the new vehicle should be able to make an appearance on its market sometime this fall. Pricing is yet to be announced, but should be expected around an MSRP starting from $48,300.