Following our 1st drive of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class a couple of years in the past, not much has transformed in the land of Merc’;s midsize, 2-row crossover. Sure, the high-efficiency ML63 AMG edition followed the normal designs, and reports of a BMW X6-fighting, coupe-like variant have surfaced, but aside from that, factors have largely been quiet on the M-Class front.
Now, even so, we have our very first search at the refreshed luxury ‘ute, due to arrive later this yr as a 2015 model. As you can see in the pictures, the M-Class is acquiring a heavily revised front fascia, very likely incorporating the bolder front end style that we’;ve witnessed on recent goods like the C-, E- and S-Class, between other individuals. Not also a lot would seem to be changed ’;round back, but we would assume at least a slight taillamp nip/tuck ahead of the new model hits the streets.
There’;s much more newness within, exactly where we can plainly see Merc’;s redesigned center stack, total with a greater – however by some means less-nicely integrated – COMAND screen. There is a new steering wheel and new gauges, as well. Standard mid-cycle refresh stuff, all around.
Our spies recommend some powertrain alterations could be on tap, including a possible plug-in hybrid variant. That explained, we won’;t rule out the regular gasoline and diesel offerings right here in the States, in their typical V6 and V8 guises.
We’;ll know much more when the refreshed M-Class sheds its camouflage later this year.