D ownsizing, economy and efficiency - not necessarily the key words that instantly comes to mind as a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8. In the case of the new Mercedes ML 500, however, it is entirely justified, after all, the predecessor engine had 0.8 liters more displacement. The new eight-cylinder measures exactly 4,663 cubic centimeters, each with a turbocharger per cylinder bank, ML 500 4Matic Blueefficiency is the full service name of the new model, which will debut in autumn 2012 and thus as the 2013 model year.
The The new V8 thus fills the gap between the ML 350 six-cylinder (306 hp) and the forced-ventilation ML 63 AMG (525 hp). In terms of performance, it is exactly between these two machines with 408 hp. The ML 500 model year 2013 has a standard start-stop system in conjunction with the seven-speed automatic. Compared to the previous model, the paper values have definitely improved significantly. The smaller V8 also has 20 hp and 70 Newton meters to offer, and the standard consumption drops by 16 percent to 11.0 liters.
When it comes to performance, future owners do not have to worry about being passed back at the traffic lights. 5.6 seconds for the zero hundred sprint and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km /h are not as far away from the ML 63 AMG as its additional price of around 34,000 euros would suggest: the ML 500 starts with a list price of 75,029 euros .
Mercedes ML 500 4Matic Blue Efficiency 2013
For model year 2013, the option list for all ML models will also be expanded. The most important innovation is the new adaptive brake assistant, which has now been expanded to include the 'Collision Prevent Assist' warning system - as standard. The accident avoidance system warns visually and acoustically if a collision is imminent and supports the driver when braking.
In addition, there are now air-conditioned multi-contour seats with massage function that can be adjusted using the COMAND control system. With comfortable headrests and seat cushion depth adjustment, the new seats outperform any TV armchair. Visually something is also changing: Cavansit blue and Zinoberrot as new paint colors as well as new 5-spoke wheels in 21 inches are available.
Also refreshed: the TFT display between the two instruments has a higher resolution and should, according to Mercedes, achieve an almost photo-realistic representation.
ML model year 2013 with small updates
In addition to the new V8 engine, Mercedes will bring the series in the coming Model year also new equipment details. The Collision Prevention Assist (CPA), including the adaptive brake assistant, is standard on board.
Furthermore, Mercedes Accessories offers a 19-inch light alloy wheel in 5-double-spoke design and a redesigned 21-inch aluminum wheel. The Stuttgart-based company has new paintwork in cavansite blue or vermilion red as well as the revised TFT display in the cockpit, which now has a photo-realistic representation. There is also a modernized display concept on the Command screen and the Command Online infotainment system can look forward to the integrated vehicle emergency call.