On the US market since the 2012 model year, the third-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class is about to get its mid-cycle refresh, which will bring significant revisions inside and out.
Expected to break cover in the fourth quarter of the year, the facelifted 2015 M-Class will gain new front and rear fascias that include not only reshaped bumpers and grille, but a pair of redesigned headlamps and a revamped hood as well.
Moving into the cabin, the most important update Mercedes-Benz has in store for the M-Class is a much larger infotainment system placed on top of the center console and a new, three-spoke steering wheel. Both features are already available on the all-new C-Class sedan , and will remain with the SUV until a fourth-generation model is conceived on a clean sheet of paper.
As far as powertrains are concerned, existing engines are likely to receive some updates, but word has it a new hybrid model is also in the works.
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The facelifted M-Class will, once again, compete against similar vehicles built by Mercedes’ German rival — we’re obviously referring to the BMW X5 . html] and the Audi Q7 . The X5 former is already available as a brand-new iteration, with updates inside and out and a choice of three engines, including a turbodiesel.
The latter, however, has yet to show itself, with Audi still testing a redesigned Q7 that’s supposed to be lighter and a bit smaller when compared to the current, eight-year-old model.
The third-generation M-Class was launched Stateside in September 2011 in two flavors. Both the ML350 4MATIC and BlueTEC were motivated by a new 3.0-liter V6 engine with power figures ranging between 240 and 302 horsepower.
Priced from $49,865 back then, the 2012 M-Class was offered with an array of packages meant to enhance the cabin and the driving experience.
The current generation M-Class proved to be quite popular with U.S. customers, as Mercedes-Benz delivered more than 40,000 units last year. In fact, the SUV’s sales have increased constantly since 2009.