Because of the incredible popularity of SUVs in the U.S. the company Daimler Benz built a plant and began with the 1996 release of their generic versions of all-wheel drive vehicle M-class, established in accordance with the tastes and peculiarities of the local market. Subsequently appeared, and the European modification of this model, which is imported to the continent from overseas.
The original SUV the M-class came out very good machines, for which demand for many years high and stable. Built on a traditional frame chassis, they, nevertheless, have front and rear (rare jeep) independent suspension. As the front of the elastic elements, the designers chose torsion bars, as the back — spring. Conventional locking differentials in the transfer case and axles no. They were replaced by working together with 4-channel ABS electronic system, sensors monitor the slippage of each wheel in accordance with this distributes the torque between them.
The family cars, including models ML230, ML320 and ML430, equipped with 4-, 6 – and 8-cylinder petrol engines displacement of 2.3, 3.2 and 4.3 liter capacity of respectively 150, 218 and 272 HP.
Automatic transmission is only installed on 2.3-liter version, the others are available with “automatic”. Cars are high-traffic (all-wheel drive they have a constant clearance equal to 204 mm), and excellent dynamic qualities and efficiency. So, the maximum rate of family models within the range 180-210 km/h, acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h is with from 7.9 to 12.3 s, fuel consumption at speed 90 km/h on the highway is equal to 10-12 liters per 100 km.
A scale model is available in two colors: silver and black. She has opening side and rear doors, as well as “active” steering.