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[YesAuto in-depth experience] Speaking of Mercedes-Benz M-class off-road vehicles, I think I really have a bit of fate with this high-end product. I still remember that when the previous generation ML350 came to the editorial department, it was me who experienced it, and now the leader puts this The key of the brand new ML350 was handed over to me. Looking at the exquisite and classic three-pointed star key in my hand, my mood is already overwhelming. Don't talk nonsense, and set off now!

AMG sports kit makes the appearance more dynamic

The overall impression left to me by the previous generation of ML350 is: personality, luxury but not enough style. When facing the rival BMW X5 and Audi Q7, it always seems lacking in confidence and lack of domineering energy. However, the appearance of the new generation of M-class has completely changed this situation. While retaining the classic elements of the M-class, it also makes the entire body more tense. A large number of chrome decorations and front and rear surrounds render a stronger sense of luxury and sportiness. In terms of exterior dimensions, the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class has reduced the height of the vehicle, increased the length and width, and lowered the visual center of gravity of the vehicle, making it look more visually impactful.

Size/model Mercedes-Benz M-Class BMW X5 Audi Q7
Length (mm) 4804 4857 5089
Width (mm) 1926 1933 1983
Height (mm) 1796 1776 1737
Wheelbase (mm) 2915 2933 3013

Although the body size of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class has become larger, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is still at a disadvantage in the face of rivals BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Fortunately, apart from the Audi Q7, the size of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class is not much different, and consumers at this price will not care too much about this difference in size. They are more concerned about the brand, appearance design, etc. Generally speaking, it is temperament.

The three-bar diamond-shaped hollow net changes little, with a huge three-pointed star logo, the overall feeling is quite domineering. The new generation of M-class all use trapezoidal lower air intakes with more visual impact. I believe no one will dislike this AMG-style sports enclosure. The long LED daytime running lights are still simple and eye-catching.

The new headlights are the focus of this change. The strip LED width lights and bi-xenon headlights are used inside, which is quite ecstasy. The headlight adopts the intelligent lighting system, with the functions of country road mode, highway mode, enhanced fog lamp and steering assist lighting. It has a high technological content. I believe this set of headlight assembly is expensive.

The side of the body retains the classic yacht-style C and D-pillar design of the M class. This is one of the reasons why I like the M class. Moreover, the new generation of M-class adds a waistline under the door handle, which further reduces the visual center of gravity, and the body is lengthened, so the overall feeling is more stretched.

Tire/model Mercedes-Benz ML350 luxury BMW X5 xDrive35i Luxury Audi Q7 35 TFSI Comfort
Tire specifications 255/50 R19 255/50 R19 265/50 R19
Spare tire specifications Not full size No (explosion-proof tire) Not full size

I believe that many people like the luxury 19-inch five-spoke AMG wheels. Such a shape can show the M-class power. The 350mm front and 330mm (diameter) perforated brake discs at the rear ensure the heat dissipation of the braking system. The ML350 I experienced today is different from the tire brand used by my colleague’s previous test drive. It has been verified that the ML350 imported into China has three tire brands: Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli. These are all ” “Random”, consumers have almost no right to choose.

The luggage rack and the side pedals on the upper and lower side of the car are more decorative, and the actual effect is really good. Fortunately, these are not optional accessories, whether it is dynamic or luxurious, they are all standard. The changes in the tail are also very obvious. The taillights have become slender, the rear spoiler has a larger volume, and the exhaust pipes on the left and right sides are completely hidden. The overall feeling is more refined.

●The interior is more luxurious than the previous generation, and the ON&OFFROAD multi-road condition adaptation system is added

If the change in appearance is only an improvement for the previous generation of models, then the new generation of ML interiors is almost redesigned. The previous circular air-conditioning outlet was replaced by a square, and more walnut veneers and aluminum decorative strips were added to the center console and steering wheel. The overall feeling was quite good. It is commendable that a large area of the new ML's interior is covered by soft materials, and even the places where the knees can reach are also made of slush molding material, and the assembly process and leather stitching are very delicate, reflecting the excellent luxury brand. Workmanship. The audio control panel has been consistent with other Mercedes-Benz models. The size of the central control screen has become larger. With the upgrade of other configurations, its display content has also become richer.

The steering wheel feels very good, and the function has not changed, but the designer changed the position of the turn signal lever and the cruise control lever. Mercedes-Benz is finally back to the public this time. The new generation of M-class still adopts the gear design. Owners who are not accustomed to the gear will have to adapt for a short time after getting on the car.

Three-zone automatic air-conditioning is not a highlight for a million-dollar luxury car, but the exquisite workmanship and damping will make you fall in love with it. In terms of comfort configuration, the new generation of ML has been significantly improved. For example, the design of front and rear double sunroofs has been adopted. The COMAND system has finally been upgraded from simple direction control buttons to knob operation. The reversing image has a guide line and a front cup holder belt. There are heating/refrigeration functions and so on. These added functions are still very practical and can please consumers. When the rear row can also be equipped with an entertainment system, but the keyless start and the lack of seat ventilation function are still a bit small Disappointed.

What follows is the highlight of this luxurious ML350-the air suspension adjustment system and the ON&OFFROAD multi-road condition adaptation system. Previously, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class can also adjust the air suspension height, softness and hardness actively or according to different driving modes, but the previous generation ML350 experienced before integrates these functions on the center control panel, and the driver operates through the buttons, densely packed buttons Being together is obviously not conducive to operation, and it is not on the grade. Now it's different. The designers of Mercedes-Benz borrowed from the Land Rover Range Rover design this time and separated the air suspension adjustment system and the ON&OFFROAD multi-road condition adaptation system. The sense of technology has been improved a lot.

◆ Automatic-daily driving;
◆ Off-road 1-light off-road, loose soil road;
◆ Off-road 2-Challenging off-road terrain with rugged sections;
◆ Snow-wet and slippery roads, icy and snowy roads or install snow chains in winter
◆ Sports-more adventurous and dynamic driving on winding roads;
◆ Trailer – Optimize starting, turning and braking in the case of towing a trailer.

For each driving mode selected, the ML350 will automatically adjust the engine, gearbox, AIRMATIC air suspension, steering system and traction control system (ASR). With the switch between different modes, the central control screen and the driving computer display in the center of the dashboard can display the status of the vehicle at any time and anywhere. This is very similar to the Range Rover's all-terrain feedback system. This will become the Mercedes-Benz M-Class to challenge other competitions. A big weapon for the opponent (currently the two main competitors of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, BMW X5 and Audi Q7, do not have this equipment).

●The space is still very spacious

In terms of space, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has always performed well. With the increase in body size, the new generation models have improved on this basis. The editor is 1.82 meters tall and has a punch in the front of the head, which is reduced compared to the previous generation model. Sitting in the back row feels very spacious, not much different from the previous generation model.

This ML350 luxury seat is more dynamic than the previous generation, and has a stronger wrapping. The headrest can be adjusted back and forth and has the NECK-PRO neck protection function. The back seat cushions still support the legs well, and the angle of the backrest and headrest can also be adjusted freely.

There are many conventional storage compartments in the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The front and rear door panels are designed with spacious storage compartments. The central armrest box has a large volume and has USB and iPod audio sources inside. It can be connected to a mobile phone to directly play songs. The central control cup holder adds a refrigeration/heating function, which is a more user-friendly configuration.

Many successful people have a hobby of playing golf, which requires a car with a spacious luggage compartment and a luxurious appearance. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class can meet this demand. Under normal conditions, its luggage compartment has a volume of 690 liters. It is not a problem to put two golf bags. The volume is further expanded to 2010 liters after the rear seats are folded, which is enough for 99% of people. used.

Slightly improved power

The new generation of ML350 is equipped with a brand new 3.5L V6 BlueDIRECT all-aluminum direct injection engine. The power output is significantly higher than the previous generation. It is equipped with an enhanced 7-speed manual transmission (7G-tronic Plus). The transmission has been optimized by software and hardware. , To further enhance the transmission efficiency, I believe that fuel economy will also be improved. The chassis has not changed. The new generation of ML is still equipped with 4 MATIC full-time four-wheel drive system, relying on electronically controlled multi-disc clutch type limited slip central differential and four-wheel electronic auxiliary braking to ensure that the vehicle has a strong ability to escape difficulties.

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Competitive product analysis

Model Mercedes ML350 BMW X5 xDrive35i Audi Q7 35 TFSI
Displacement/intake form 3.5 Natural inhale 3.0 turbo 3.0 mechanical supercharging
Maximum horsepower (Ps) 306 306 272
Maximum power (kW) 225 225 200
Maximum power speed (rpm) 6500 5800 4750-6500
Maximum torque (N·m) 370 400 400
Maximum torque speed (rpm) 3500-5250 1200-5000 2150-4780
Gearbox 7AT 8AT 8AT
Four-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive All-wheel drive
Central differential structure Multi-plate clutch Multi-plate clutch Torson Differential

There is no doubt that the main competitors of Mercedes-Benz are BMW and Audi. Among them, BMW X5 xDrive35i and Audi Q7 35 TFSI are two competitors whose prices are very close to the luxury ML350 experienced today. Under the increasingly stringent emission standards in Europe, small-displacement supercharged engines are the future development trend, so BMW and Audi both use smaller-displacement supercharged engines, and only the Mercedes-Benz ML350 uses a naturally aspirated engine. Mercedes-Benz’s naturally-aspirated direct-injection engine has more obvious advantages in terms of ride comfort. The power is on par with BMW, and the maximum torque lags behind the competition. The three models all use the full-time four-wheel drive system and air suspension, but the structure is slightly different. In general, the new generation of M-class has no gap with competitors in terms of hardware, but thanks to the ON&OFFROAD multi-road condition adaptation system, It has a stronger sense of technology.

Full text summary:

To be honest, through the two days of contact with this brand new ML350 luxury model, I have really moved a little affection for it, like reuniting an old friend after a long absence, he is refreshed and tells me about the past two years Everything that happened to him. I listened attentively and felt every progress he made. I was excited and even had some small surprises. I also congratulated him from the bottom of my heart. In my opinion, the replacement of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class can be regarded as very successful. It can withstand careful taste from the inside to the outside. Although the small increase in power is not painful or itchy, it is better than nothing. At least it can do something for environmental protection. contribution.

The most impressive thing about the new M-Class is the newly added ON&OFFROAD multi-road condition adaptation system. Although the actual four-wheel drive system has not changed, the momentum it exhibits is comparable to that of Range Rover and other models, at least for now. Neither the BMW X5 nor the Audi Q7 have such “high-tech” gadgets. However, Mercedes-Benz should not laugh too early. After all, BMW X5 and Audi Q7 have not yet been replaced. I believe that they will not just give up as competitors.

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