An electronic two speed transfer case provides comfortable highway cruising and one of the lowest "crawl speds" in class when low rage is engaged. A five speed automatic is optimized for smooth shifting in rugged off road conditions.
Hydraulically assisted rack & pinion steering and a tight turning radius promise class leading steering feel and maneuverability.
A new generation of Mercedes-Benz engines will power the M class offering class-leading power and fuel efficiency. Early models will come with a V6 standard. A V8 will be offered a year later.
Developed with passenger comfort and utility as priorities the M Class has a longer wheelbase and overall length than a Jeep Grand Cherokee, is wider and provides more cargo space than a Ford Explorer, yet has a tighter turning circle than either. The sleek aerodynamic shape breaks new ground in SUV styling and will contribute to quiet and fuel economy. The M class promises to raise all the benchmarks in this hot segment and will go on sale late in 1997. Prices are expected to start in the mid $30,000 range. This new Mercedes will be built in an entirely new plant now being completed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
by REXX TAYLOR