Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Spied Inside and Out

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.

Although our most recent spy shots show an SUV that features the already available taillights, these are likely to be replaced with updated units once the prototype becomes a production model.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.

Spy shots

Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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.

Third-Generation Mercedes M-Class

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

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.

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

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.

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

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.

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