Japan has become the apple of Mercedes’ eye recently with numerous special edition and anniversary models hitting Japanese dealers.

Now, it’s the turn of the Mercedes ML-Class. In celebrating the first anniversary of the Mercedes SUV in Japan, the German automaker decided to unveil a unique ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition. It’s an exclusive model for the Japanese market, which goes to show how much love and attention Mercedes has for that country.

Distinguishing the ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition from the rest of its brethren are a number of aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications. For starters, the 100-unit model is available in either an Obsidian Black or Diamond White Metallic finish. In addition, the SUV is equipped with an AMG Styling package that includes a bevy of new components, including modified bumpers, revised side skirts, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Stainless-steel running boards and privacy glass were also added to the special edition model, justifying its label as a unique SUV for the fine folks of Japan.

Interior mods were kept at a minimum, although you can still enjoy the addition of AMG sports seats, an AMG steering wheel, special floor mats, stainless-steel pedals and a brushed aluminum trim.

Power still comes in the form of a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque while mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition will be limited to just 100 units with pricing set at ¥8.6 million, which is about $88,065 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Mercedes ML-Class

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The 2013 Mercedes ML-Class represents the third generation of Mercedes’ resident midsize SUV. Not only does the new look SUV represent a shift in styling inspiration for Mercedes, but the impressive list of exterior and interior design updates harken to a new generation of Mercedes vehicles.

Among the engine options that are being offered for the ML-Class is a 3.0-liter V-6 that develops 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, good enough to return estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 25 mph on the highway.

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Press Release

Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd. (President: Kintaro Ueno, Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo) to commemorate the first anniversary of the release of the premium SUV Mercedes-Benz (four-wheel drive models) "M class", special edition car, " will be released in a limited number of through the Mercedes-Benz authorized dealer network across the country from today, the 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 1st Anniversary Edition "ML.

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The base has achieved fuel economy of class and top-level environmental compatibility excellent clean diesel technology state-of-the-art by "BlueTEC" and "ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC", to enhance the sporty impression of the interior and exterior this special edition car, " I am equipped with AMG sports seats only 20 inches AMG5 spoke aluminum wheels and AMG sport package ", of leather ARTICO / DINAMICA material, to improve the ingress and egress of an accent like SUV to the body-side" rubber stud with stainless steel running boards " .

In addition, to support safe driving to reduce the risk of collision with the vehicle of the left and right forward and backward using one camera and millimeter wave radar sensors of five "radar safety package (Radar Safety Package)" and, to narrow or when parking We have special equipment to support can be seen in an overhead by four cameras the situation around the vehicle, such as road, such as "360 ° camera system", the driving safe and comfortable the "comfort package".

To achieve a 20% 27 year fuel economy standards Heisei, including this special edition "ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC" has been certified (weight tax, acquisition tax exemption) of new eco-car tax reduction as an environment-friendly vehicles.

It should be noted that in this special edition, comprehensive warranty program to provide free 24-hour touring support and general assurance and maintenance service of three years with unlimited mileage from new car purchase "Mercedes-care" will be applied. In addition, as the extended warranty program, payment of a fee of Mercedes-care after the end of the two years to extend the 24-hour touring and general support and assurance "Assurance Plus", in maintenance services of four or five years, four years and the first inspection at the time We offer to provide us with a package periodic replacement parts and inspection, and replacement of consumables "maintenance plus *".

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