The current-generation Mercedes M-Class (W166) was unveiled in 2011, as a 2012 model, and since then it hasn’t received any major updates. Things are about to change, however, as it looks like a revision for the ML is just around the corner, as our spy photographers managed to snap the first photos of the revised ML during winter testing.
As you can see from these spy shots, it looks like only the front and the rear sections will be updated. The interior will also receive a large iPad-like screen on the dashboard and the new COMAND infotainment controller with a touchpad on the center console.
We also expect to see a few changes under the hood, with a plug-in-hybrid version being a possibility.
The revised ML will be released in late 2014, as a 2015 model. It will join the MLC — the model that will take on the BMW X6 — in Mercedes’ crossover lineup.
Updated 12/23/2013: The upcoming Mercedes M-Class was caught testing again, this time on the public German roads.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
July 23, 2014 - Mercedes M-Class testing in Europe
May 13, 2014 - Revised Mercedes ML Caught Testing
April 3, 2014 - Mercedes M-Class caught inside and out
March 31, 2014 - Mercedes ML testing in Germany
December, 6 2013 - First testing session
December, 23 2013 - New round of testings on the German roads
The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers wears a deeper camouflage on the front and rear section, which is a clear indication that these area will receive the majority of the updates.
Up front, we expect to see a new bumper, new headlights, grille and a revised hood. Around back, we will see a new bumper and revised taillights.
By the time the revised ML hits the market, Audi will also unveil the new Q7. It was caught testing many of times, revealing a light design revision and a longer wheelbase. The model will be built on a new platform that will allow it to be about 650 pounds lighter than the current model, and for the first time Audi is considering offering smaller engines and a hybrid powertrain.
Gallery Audi Q7
The X5 just entered its third generation and, as expected, it offered a series of updates to both the exterior and interior, plus some changes under the hood.
Customers have a choice of three engines: a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine with a total output of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, a 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that delivers a total of 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 255 horsepower and maximum torque of 413 pound-feed delivered between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.