2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

At a Glance

Pricing $44,000 - $87,000
Drive Types AWD
Engines 3.0l V6 T D, 3.5l V6, 5.5l V8, 6.2l V8
Transmissions A7
Fuel Economy 11-18 (city), 14-24 (highway)

The M-Class was the first mainstream SUV from Mercedes-Benz. The second generation of the M-Class is a more road-oriented vehicle that reflects the trend for SUVs to adopt more car-like ride and handling. Competitors in this segment include the BMW X5, Infiniti FX, Cadillac SRX, and Volvo XC90. Mercedes-Benz offers several engine choices, ranging from a 3.5L V-6 to a 6.3 L V-8 (ML63 AMG), as well as a 3.2L V-6 diesel that is unique in its class. A standard 7-speed automatic is optimized for maximum fuel economy. All M-Class models feature standard 4WD, but without locking differentials. An optional off-road package adds a 2.93:1 low-range to the transmission for rock crawling adventures. Sport-oriented customers will prefer the ML63 AMG with its 503-bhp V-8, 20-inch alloy wheels, special AMG exterior trim, Nappa leather interior and bigger brakes. M-Class safety features for hilly terrain include DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation), Hill-Start Assist, and a special Off-Road Mode that changes the calibration of the powertrain and brake systems. Available features include 19-inch alloy wheels (N/A for ML63 AMG), adjustable height air suspension, Bi-Xenon headlights, DVD navigation, rear view camera, adaptive damping system, and walnut interior trim.

What Changed:

The ML550 replaces the ML500. The ML550 features AMG bodywork, 19 inch wheels and running boards. 19 inch wheels become standard on the ML320 CDI and ML350. A 10 year anniversary limited edition ML350 will be offered Fall, 2007

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
ML350 3.5l V6 (268-bhp) A7 AWD $44,000
ML320 CDI 3.0l V6 T D (210-bhp) A7 AWD $45,000
ML550 5.5l V8 (382-bhp) A7 AWD $52,750
ML63 AMG 6.2l V8 (503-bhp) A7 AWD $87,000