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The 2012 ML350 arrived late last night! Our first model is Black/Black with the Premium 1 Package. This one is ready to test drive and there are more on the way!
I have been on several test drives today and I am most impressed by the new speed sensitive electromechanical steering. It makes maneuvering in parking lots incredibly easy and feels great at high speeds too. The interior is beautiful, comfortable and technologically impressive.
The 2012 ML350 4matic was released for sale today! The new MLs are at the factory being prepped to ship to all of the dealers in the US. I have 3 that are all set to go and awaiting transport! I should have them available for test drive before the weekend!
Skip ahead to the 2 minute mark to see the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 being test driven. The most interesting part to me is that it is featured in Dakota Brown!
The 2012 ML350 4matic, 2012 C250 Coupe and 2012 C250 Sedan stopped by the dealership yesterday for salesperson training. It was great to see the cars in person and get some hands-on experience! Thanks to Curtis, Dennis and team for spending the day with us!
The 2012 ML350 4matic looks fantastic. It is still an M-Class – it has just about the same overall size a capabilities – but it is certainly new and improved! The lines look very moden and all of the lights are bright and distinctive. The interior is fantastic. It might just be worth springing for the Full-Leather Package to get the contrast stitching and piping. This particular vehicle is a pre-production model so there may be some slight changes to what you see on the car when it arrives at the dealership.
The 2012 C250s looked great too! The coupe is stylish and loaded with tons of standard equipment. None of our competitors have standard split folding rear seats or the panoramic roof! The new interior on the sedan is a big improvement. The new NTG 4.5 on all of these vehicles (that is the nav system) is awesome! When I have one handy I’ll post a video of some of the new features.
When we finished with our training they packed the whole set-up into the back of the ML350! That is about 30 folding chairs, 4 big totes and a folding table. Great cargo capacity!
It is an exctiting time for Mercedes-Benz! We have lots of new engines, technology and vehicles for the 2012 model year. Here is a quick rundown.
2012 C-Class Sedan – C350/C300/C63 August/C250 October
2012 C-Class Coupe – C350/C63 September/C250 October
2012 CL-Class – August
2012 CLS-Class – CLS550/CLS63 June/ CLS550 4matic August
2012 E-Class Sedan – October
2012 E-Class Wagon – October
2012 E-Class Coupe – E350 July/E550 October
2012 E-Class Cabriolet – E350 July/E550 October
2012 GL-Class – GL450/GL 550 August/ GL350 October
2012 GLK-Class – July
2012 ML-Class – ML350s September/ ML550/ML63 2012
2012 R-Class – R350 gas August/R350 Bluetec October
2012 G-Class – October
2012 S-Class – July/S350 September
2012 SL-Class – July
2012 SLK-Class – SLK350 July/SLK250 2012
This is a great time to be a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast!
For those of you who are waiting eagerly for more details about the 2012 ML350, due to arrive this fall, you might want to check out the Interactive Owner’s Manual on the Mercedes-Benz International site. These are European specification images, options and descriptions. What we get in the US might be slightly (or drastically) different. Enjoy!
Thanks for the tip Lloyd!
The 2012 ML350 has been priced and is scheduled for release this fall. Recently automotive journalists were able to test drive it for the first time Montana. Here are a few excerpts:
From Motor Authority:
“Now the third generation is here, and to put it simply, it’s even better. With top notch safety and tech features to complement its rich cabin, it not only performs better but is a safer, more responsible choice and one that might make getting there easier as well as more comfortable—a true luxury good for the 21st century.”
“But by far, our favorite 2012 M-Class model is the ML350 BlueTec. If ‘wafting’ up to speed easily (without downshifts) on the highway, cruising effortlessly near triple digits, and getting gas mileage that won’t place a frown on the faces of your more earth conscious friends are all priorities, you’ll find this model the best fit, too.”
“The sport setting on the M-class chassis does a fantastic job of keeping the vehicle flat through corners and seems to all but eliminate dive under hard braking. At the same time, the ride remains reasonably supple, not losing its smoothness at the expense of body stability.”
“As the latest and greatest of the suburban utility vehicles on the market, the 2012 Mercedes M-class is certainly worth a look. Whether you choose gasoline or diesel is really a matter of personal preference–both perform well in this model.”
“Usually a raft of upgrades to a vehicle engenders a price increase, but not so for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350. Even though it was significantly redesigned for the new model year, the 2012 ML350 still starts at $49,865 (including an $875 destination charge), while the ML350 BlueTec diesel starts at $51,365.”
The pricing for the 2012 M-Class has been released and there are no changes!
When you account for the new standard features this is actually a 3.2% price/value improvement! You can see the option pacakges and options pricing in my previous post.
Following the release of the official pictures, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class Dealer Ordering Guide has been released! This is the latest information that I have. As always, it is subject to change before vehicle launch. Pricing is not yet available.
Standard Equipment Highlights
S01 – Premium 1 Launch Package – $3200
S02 – Premium 2 Launch Package – $5050
Leather Package – $1620
Lighting Package – $1290 - delayed until January 2012 production
Lane Tracking Package – $850
Driver Assistance Package – $2950
Dynamic Handling Package – $5150 – delayed launch
Stand Alone Options
Mercedes-Benz USA has also added the 2012 ML-Class to the Future Models section with more pictures and information. This a great time to order a vehicle to your specifications so that it arrives with the first batch!
Mercedes-Benz USA has released an image gallery of the 2012 ML-Class. Expected this fall with the V6 gas and diesel engines for the US market, this will be the third generation ML-Class. As always, some details may change before launch. I do not yet have the final options list or any pricing information. The preliminary ordering information can be found in my earlier post. You can see lots of images at Autoweek, Motor Authority, Autoblog and Inside Line.