Mercedes is all set to launch the next gen ML class SUV which would be much efficient and offer a new structure. This 2012 Mercedes Benz ML class would offer a closer link to the next G class and R class. This new edition is expected to debut in the middle of 2011.
There were test mules that were seen on the streets which reveal a smaller body than the current edition with similar wheelbase.
There are rumors that the diesel electric Hybrid ML class is in works while it is known that the company has plans to come up with an gasoline – electric hybrid version. There are possibilities of the plug in variant also which would feature an 80 horsepower electric motor with a 3.5 liter V6 twin turbocharged engine. The company has plans to launch this edition which would be efficient to travel 18 miles on electric power alone.
The plug in hybrid systems will draw features from other hybrid Mercedes versions like the S400 powertrains. However it is expected that it would includes other structural features and parts from the R class successor and G class vehicles. The company plans to pull the best from everywhere and hence has planned to equip this model with chassis which would be similar to the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the Daimler Chrysler group.
The company plans to centre their entire focus on efficiency rather than performance. There are plans to offer options to the European segment with different powertrains like the 2.2 liter four cylinder diesel engine which would generate 204 horsepower. There are plans to equip them with a V6 diesel engine which would generate 225 horse power and a V6 gasoline engine which would generate 333 horsepower. The AMG model features a V8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers which would deliver 570hp.