Moving forward doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to drop all your past achievements and start from scratch. Sometimes, you’ve got to take pieces of past, successful projects and use them to build new creations. That’s what Mercedes-Benz is set to do with the next generation of the ML-Class. This time, the company is looking into putting in elements from their up-and-coming GL-Class and future R-Class models, plus advancements in powertrain systems to please future power and emission requirements.
By mid-2011, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV shall still be shrouded in mystery. There are, however, several spy shots of an advance prototype that shows a leaner form, albeit having the same wheelbase. Shots of its interior are included as well, accompanied by a computer-generated rendition of what it’s preferably going to look like.
There are some suggestions that the drivetrain may turn out to be a hybrid—both diesel and electric—although there are rumors that a gasoline-electric hybrid—as suggested by the divulged ML450 Hybrid—may be possible as well. A purely electric version of the ML Hybrid is even more possible, with what looks to be an 80-horsepower electric motor coupled with a direct-injected twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Battery power is speculated to be around 18-mile duration on full electric power alone.