2007 Mercedes Benz ML350.Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
The 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 demonstrates how the once-conservative carmaker’s lineup and styling is now geared toward younger and more American tastes. The second-generation ML350 debuts for 2006 with significant changes. Most obvious is the styling, which, while definitely M-Class Mercedes in shape, has been freshened in line with the company’s other offerings. It’s longer, wider, and roomier. But the most important change lies under the skin. The new ML350 has gone from trucklike body-on-frame construction to a carlike unibody structure for improved rigidity with less weight. While the ML 350′s namesake 3.5-liter V-6 engine is the same size as last year’s engine, it’s entirely new, with 36 more horsepower and improved fuel economy. The transmission is now a seven-speed automatic, the first such in an SUV. As before, the suspension is fully independent, and a full-time, single-range four-wheel-drive system is standard equipment, aided for safety and ease of use by a range of sophisticated electronic-safety assistance systems.
Most safety systems taken for granted today are Mercedes-Benz innovations, and the 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML350 is equipped with the full complement. Like a passenger car, it has a strong safety cell around the passenger compartment, front and rear crumple zones, and side protection. The brakes are four-wheel discs, and the antilock system has an off-road mode. All seating positions have three-point safety belts, and front dual-stage, front-side, and front and rear side-window air bags are standard. Front air-bag and seat-belt force-limiter strength adapt to the force of an impact. The ESP electronically controlled stability-control system is standard, as is the Pre-Safe anticipatory occupant-protection system, which integrates all electronically controlled safety equipment to prepare for a possible impact when the ABS, Brake Assist, or ESP systems so indicate. The TeleAid telematics and emergency communication system is part of the Trim Package.
The warranty covers defects in materials and craftsmanship for four years/50,000 miles, with 24-hour roadside assistance.