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Topic: ML-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Preliminary Options Information

The all-new third generation M-Class will arrive later this year. The world premiere will be in Germany at the beginning of June. It will launch in the US in September of 2011.

Standard Equipment

  • ML350 4matic with 302 hp and 273 lb/ft torque
  • ML350 Bluetec with 240 hp and 455 lb/ft torque
  • 19″ Wheels
  • Sunroof
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension
  • ADAPTIVE BRAKE with HOLD function
  • 9 Airbags
  • HD Radio


  • Black
  • Arctic White
  • Dakota Brown MetallicNEW
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Steel  Grey Metallic
  • Pearl Beige MetallicNEW
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Palladium Silver Metallic
  • Capri Blue Metallic
  • Diamond White Metallic


  • Black MB-Tex and Leather
  • Almond Beige MB-Tex and Leather
  • Grey MB-Tex and Leather
  • Trim – Eucalyptus is Standard and Burl Walnut is optional

Option Packages

Premium 1 Package

  • iPod/MP3 Interface Cable
  • Rearview Camera
  • Driver Seat Memory
  • Navigation
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Double Sun visors
  • Power Liftgate
  • Auto dimming mirrors
  • Power folding Mirrors
  • 115V AC Power Outlet

Premium 2 Package

  • All components of Premium 1 Package
  • Climate Controlled Cupholders – NEW
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7 Premium Sound

Dynamic Handling Package

  • Adaptive Dampening System
  • Anit-Ross Stabilization
  • 20″ Twin 5-spoke Wheels

Leather Package

  • Leather
  • Burl Walnut Wood
  • Multi-Color Ambient Lighting

Lighting Package

  • Bi-Xenon Headlamps with  active curve illumination
  • Corner illuminating lamps
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Headlamp cleaning system

Lane Tracking PackageNEW

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist

Driver Assistance PacakgeNEW

  • Active Blind Sport Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist

Stand Alone Options

  • Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC – NEW
  • Wood/Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • Panorama Sunroof – NEW
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Stainless Steel Running Boards
  • Rear Seat Entertainment  or pre-wiring
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Heated Front Seats

All of this information is preliminary and could change before the vehicle is launched. More details will be available in early June when the official pictures are released. Until then, I am sure you can find the spy photos!

2007 ML320 CDI Battles the Snow!

My 2007 ML320 CDI did a fantastic job getting me home for the holidays! Stuffed with two end tables, a mixer, a ladder, a workbench and other assorted gifts, the ML cruised through a light blizzard on the way to Illinois. And while my other out of town relatives were camped at the airport, hoping to get a flight back east, we headed home – averaging 22 miles per gallon at slightly less than 80 mph. Almost made it a no-stopper on the way home but had to fuel up in Marietta. I love traveling in my Mercedes-Benz!

My ML puts the Utility is Sport Utility Vehicle!

It’s not all about good looks, comfort and safety…My 2007 ML320 CDI sometimes has to act like a work truck! The ML towed a few tons of wood from one side of the yard to the other while climbing steep grades and maneuvering through tight spaces. What a great all-around vehicle!

2011 ML350 Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

My first 2011 Ml350 arrived yesterday and I wanted to see the small changes for myself.

The Lighting Package isn’t new but I rarely see it on the lot. The LED Running Lights are the best indication that this car has it.

2011 Mercedes ML350

Here are the new Side View Mirrors – more like the sedans with the directional LED flashers and smaller mounting area for better visibility.

2011 Mercedes ML350 backup camera

Here  is an image from the Rear View Camera. It has been reprogrammed to have less of a “fish-eye” effect.

2011 Mercedes ML350 Power Lifegate

No change to the function but the button for the Power Rear Tailgate now makes it clear that the button will also stop the tailgate in any position.

That’s it. The 2011 ML350 is just about identical to the 2010.

2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Highlights

Here are some of the changes that are coming to the 2011 models.


  • Sport sedans now feature LED Daytime Running Lamps and black headlamp inlays
  • Enhanced P1 package includes split folding rear seat and rear sunshade
  • Heated Seats removed from Premium 1 Package
  • New Lighting Package with Bi-Xenons and active curve illumination
  • New standard 17” wheel for C350 sport


  • Refresh! New bumpers, hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, and taillights
  • LED daytime running lights standard
  • Driver Assist Package updated with Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • New standard 18” wheel
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added


  • Sport body styling, sport steering wheel and 18” AMG wheels now standard


  • Bluetec arrives in late summer with 17” run-flats, sport or luxury
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package in E350/E550 sedans
  • E63 gets alcantara headliner and stitched dash as standard
  • Diamond White available starting in October production
  • Wagon is standard with rear view camera and power liftgate
  • Coupe gets new 18” AMG wheel in Appearance Package
  • Cabriolet introduced with AIRCAP, AIRSCARF and trunk pass through

SUV Family

  • New Mirror Design
  • Blind Spot Assist Available (not on GLK)
  • New Rear View Monitor reduces fish-eye effect
  • Compass in rear view mirror – M/GL/R
  • Diamond White paint available in October (not GLK)
  • Barolo Red and Sand Beige discontinued (M/GL/R)


  • GL550 gets a facelift
  • New head restraints in 2nd and 3rd row
  • Passenger seat memory added to P1


  • Driver Knee and front passenger airbags added as standard (9 total)
  • LED daytime running lamps in lighting package
  • Eco mode replaces Comfort mode
  • Pearl Beige paint replaces Sand Beige paint


  • New wheel design
  • Night Black paint added (matte)
  • Tail lamp covers and turn signal covers deleted


  • LED daytime running lamps with bi-xenon headlamps
  • ML63 gets new hood and headlights


  • Refresh!
  • New from the A-pillar forward – fenders, grille, hood, bumpers, LEDs
  • New 19” wheel
  • New LED tail lamps
  • New Rear bumper
  • New seat design


  • S63 gets all-new 5.5 litre direct injection bi-turbo V8
  • Contrast stitching with Premium and Exclusive upholstery
  • Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist added to Driver Assist Package
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround-souns system with 15 speakers, 1200 watts and 16-channel digital signal processing
  • Magnetite Black exterior color added (black base with metallic flake)
  • Sahara Beige/Black interior color added


  • Sport Body Cladding added as standard
  • Quartz Blue paint added
  • No SLK55 AMG
ML450 HYBRID – Fuel Door Button

2010 ML450 Hybrid Fuel Door Release Button

I had been very curious about the fuel filler flap release button on the ML450 HYBRID that the local Mercedes-Benz technical specialist has been driving. I finally got an answer!

In order to comply with the PZEV emissions standards – zero evaporative emissions – this button triggers the fuel tank to depressurize before the cap is removed so that vapors don’t escape. The ML 450’s increased fuel efficency means that the fuel tank isn’t opened as often as it would be in a non-hybrid so increased pressure could build up and therefore needs this extra step!

Just a little Mercedes minutiae…that I enjoy!

2010 ML450 HYBRID – Lease Available in December

2010 ML450 Hybrid Under Hood

Mercedes-Benz has just told us that the 2010 ML450 HYBRID is now scheduled for release in December. It will be a very limited production vehicle due to the limited availability of the necessary batteries. Also, “In order to maximize availability and ensure that we have a sufficient replacement inventory to guarantee the highest level of customer satisfaction, the ML450 HYBRID will be available as lease only without the ability to purchase.” They expect that the ML450 HYBRID lease payment will carry a premium over the ML350 4Matic of $20-$120 per month. Actual payments will be released when the vehicle is released in December.

The order banks are open and there are currently vehicles available. Now is a good time to get on board if you want to lease one of the most technologically advanced green cars in the market!

One Millionth M-Class

2009 ML350 BlueTEC White

Last week the 1 millionth M-Class built in Vance, AL rolled off the line. The one that set the record was a ML350 BlueTEC that is heading to a dealer in Phoenix. This is a great acheviement, and we plan to see many future M, R, and GL-Class vehicles make their way to Atlanta Classic Cars from this plant. Maybe someday the ML420 and GL420 (V8 diesel) models that pass through our dealership from Vance on their way to the rest of the world will get to stay a while.

Featured 2009 ML550 at Atlanta Classic Cars

– Update – This ML550 has been sold.
If you are even thinking about an ML550 this is the one you should get! Immediately! This car is well-equipped, gorgeous and it will be a great deal! It is technically a new vehicle – it has never been titled – but the warranty started 10 months ago and it has 8175 miles. We can add an extended warranty that will cover it up to 100,000 miles if that would be a benefit to you. Please let me know if you are interested! We only have one, it can’t be replaced, and it will sell fast!

2009 ML550
Arctic White / Cashmere Interior

Premium 2 Package:
-Voice Control
-IPod/MP3 Adaptor
-Rearview Camera
-Memory Seats
-Autodimming Mirrors
-Power Folding Mirrors
-Sirius Satellite Radio
-Sirius Live Traffic
-Harman/kardon Upgraded Sound
-Power Liftgate
AMG Sport Package:
-19″ AMG Wheels
-Aluminum Running Boards
Trailer Hitch
Heated Front Seats
Pre-Wired for Rear Entertainment

Original MSRP: $64,675
Special Price: $54,675

The 2010 C, ML, GL, and S Have Arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars!

It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.

2010 ML550

Mercedes 2010 ML550 Front Bumper Lights

2010 GL550 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Lighting

 Mercedes 2010 GL550

Mercedes 2010 GL550 Wheels

2010 GL450 – New Bumpers, New Wheels, New Fog Lights

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Wheels

Mercedes 2010 GL450 Bumper

2010 C300 – New Laurel Wreath Center Cap in Optional 18″ wheels

Mercedes 2010 C300 Wheels

2010 S550 – Full Refresh – New Lights, Bumpers, New Wood Steering Wheel

Mercedes 2010 S550 Front Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Rear Bumper Lights

Mercedes 2010 S550 Wood Wheel

2010 E-Class – New Color – Quartz Blue

Mercedes 2010 E-Class Quartz Blue

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