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2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500

The all-new 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is characterized by an aggressive wedge shape complemented by sweeping front fenders, dramatic shoulder lines and a sharply angled windshield. The interior is completely redesigned to provide more comfort, more features and more user-friendly space. (continued below)

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New Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reaffirms Leadership of Sport Utility Market

Source: DaimlerChrysler | Published: Tue Oct 04, 2005

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When the Mercedes-Benz M-Class first arrived eight years ago, the new sport utility vehicle started a trend that inspired the entire auto industry to shift toward more luxurious car-like SUVs. Launched as the only sport utility in its class with four-wheel independent suspension, the original M-Class was one of the first to be designed from the ground up, rather than being based on an existing truck platform. The first-generation M-Class also won a number of automotive awards, including the prestigious North American Truck of the Year.

The new SUV is 5.9 inches longer, 2.8 inches wider and 0.2 inches lower on the road than its predecessor, with a 114-inch wheelbase that's 3.7 inches longer as well. Beneath its sleek exterior is an all-new unit body platform as well as a double-wishbone front suspension and a newly-developed four-link rear suspension that deliver impressive on-road driving performance and comfort.

New and useful technology abounds in the 2006 M-Class, including a standard seven-speed automatic transmission, an effective full-time four-wheel-drive system and optional features such as height-adjustable AIRMATIC air suspension. A revised four-wheel traction control system now incorporates functions such as a downhill driving aid and Hill-Start Assist.

ML500 Engine

The ML500 engine is a 5.0-liter 90-degree V8 with a single overhead camshaft in each cylinder bank. This engine architecture features twin spark plugs and three valves per cylinder ' two intakes and one large exhaust valve.

Three-valve-per-cylinder technology can reduce exhaust emissions, especially during the critical warm-up stage. Catalysts must heat up to work effectively, and modern engines must heat up quickly.

Mercedes-Benz ML500: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 303 cu in (4966 cc)
Power 302 hp @ 5600 RPM
Torque 339 lb-ft @ 2700-4750 RPM
Redline 6000
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/55 R18 (Std.)
  255/50 R19 (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 188.5 in
Width 75.2 in
Height 71.5 in
Curb Weight 4743 lbs
0-60 6.7 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 131 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 14/19
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $48,500

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