The Mercedes Benz ML350 is a luxury sport utility vehicle under the German automaker’s ML-class that has won the hearts of the Americans. Launched in the United States in 2002 for the 2003 model year, the ML350 replaced the smaller-engine-powered ML320. With more than a decade and three generations up its sleeve, the Mercedes Benz ML350 continues to innovate and to feature sleek styling and better engine performance every year without neglecting the safety of every driver and passenger.
2003-2005: First generation
All the first-generation ML350s ran on a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produced 232 horsepower, and was mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. This marked an increase of half a liter of engine and 17 horsepower from those of the defunct ML320. With a bigger and better engine, the new five-to-seven-seater SUV came equipped with technologies suited for a luxury-type vehicle like the DVD-based navigation system and the five-inch LCD display with touch controls for the climate, audio, and telephone functions. While lounging on the leathered seats, drivers and passengers would feel secure inside the ML350 with Mercedes Benz’s Tele Aid emergency communication system. This state-of-the art technology automatically contacts Mercedes Benz’s roadside assistance center should any of the front- or rear-side-impact and side-curtain airbag was deployed.
2006-2011: Second generation
Longer, wider, and lower were the characteristics Mercedes Benz wanted its second-generation ML350 to have. With bigger dimensions, the luxury SUV received more front and rear legroom, giving its passengers more comfort while traveling on the road. The ML350 also received a redesign—from the lowered grille to the new shape of the headlights—that further heightened its sleek appearance as a luxury vehicle. New features on this generation ML350 include powered front seats, a backseat video system, and a command system for controlling the navigation system, stereo, and other devices. Also new to this generation SUV is a telematics system called mbrace2 that can lock and unlock doors remotely and find the vehicle in a parking lot with the use of a smart phone.
2012-present: Third generation
The latest third-generation ML350 is packed with hi-tech devices that make driving this luxury SUV more fun and comfortable. A Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, together with Bluetooth audio streaming, a CD/DVD player, and MP3 and USB slots, completes the entertainment system on this vehicle while the Attention Assist driver-drowsiness detection and Pre-Safe system ensure the safety of the ML350 drivers and passengers. With improved interior and exterior styling, the third-generation ML350 offers the ultimate luxurious driving experience.