It’s not a major face-lift, though the revised 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class W164 looks much, much better than the outgoing model thanks to just a few touches added skillfully on the front fascia of the mid-size SUV. And it’s way more powerful, too, if you are ready to shell some extra money for the range-topping ML 63 AMG 4Matic trim that comes equipped with a huge 6.3-liter V8 monster of an engine.
The refreshed M-Class, as the company from Stuttgart is claiming in its press release, has received a new front and rear bumpers, reshaped headlamps and tinted taillights, and new corporate grille.
Although even more impressive and dominating than that on the outgoing model, the new grille has something in common with much cheaper Honda CR-V’s, which is not good at all.
Inside the vehicle’s spacious saloon, there is also a range of expensive-looking materials, new two-tone color-scheme and an infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and so gorgeous and vintage-looking user interface, you can buy the whole SUV just to get your hands on it.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will be available with a choice of five engines ranging from 190 to 388 hp (including a diesel-powered ML320 with a 3.0-liter 265 hp BlueTEC oil-burner).
The most powerful ML 63 AMG 4Matic will feature a raging 510hp @ 6800 rpm 6.3-liter V8 engine. With its peak torque of 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) @ 5200 rpm, the engine takes only 5.0-seconds to take the heavy M-Class from standstill to 100 km/h mark.
In Europe, the car will start selling in autumn this year. Recommended prices will vary on different markets. For example, in Germany the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML280 CDI will start at €51,527;
the most balanced ML320 CDI will cost from €54,204 for the base model to around €78,000 for the fully loaded car with AMG-style body kit;
the ML420 CDI will start at €71,102;
the gasoline-powered ML350 is priced at €53,312;
the ML500 will cost €71,162;
and the top of the line ML 63 AMG 4Matic SUV will start at almost mind-numbing €101,804.
2009 Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG SUV photos:
Photos: Mercedes-Benz / AMG