|Photo Gallery, Review & Specifications
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)
New Mercedes-Benz M-Class Reaffirms Leadership of Sport Utility Market
|Source: DaimlerChrysler | Published: Tue Oct 04, 2005
(continued from above)
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.
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
||303 cu in (4966 cc)
||302 hp @
||339 lb-ft @
||All Wheel Drive
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
|Tire Size Front - Rear
||255/55 R18 (Std.)
||255/50 R19 (Opt.)
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)