Mercedes-Benz ML55 alternatives
Latest model: Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG 2000
The Mercedes-Benz M-class is a 4-door SUV with light off-road capability, first provided in 1997, and built in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA, at the same time as its rival, the Infiniti QX4. It marked a shift at Mercedes-Benz in becoming a global player; while it had plants outside Germany before, they merely built facsimiles of German models. In contrast, the M-class was conceived with the American sphere in mind and built at an American factory. Despite early negative press about class control, the M-class became a tremendous sales success in the US. In fact, only the C-class and E-class sell better in the US.
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At release, the M-class was a technological 'tour de force'. It was the first SUV to option stability control, a system developed to detect loss of control and instantaneously intervene with selective braking to bring the car rear on its tailored course. This system is now hailed by security reviewers, and studies have shown stability control and systems like it are capable of reducing single car crashes by up to 30 percent. Furthermore, the M-class boasted front and side-impact airbags with advanced occupant detection for the front passenger bench, which, combined with Mercedes' legendary security structure, earned the M-class the highest marks in insurance market crash tests.
Initial class was poor, and jokes about an "alabama Mercedes" began to make the rounds. A road test on the British programme Top Gear revealed that the presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, could put his fingers into the gap below the back lights and above the back bumper. This enhanced over the years, especially after a mild facelift for 2002. However, owners are often unhappy with the car's class - i.e., the vehicle was placed last out of 142 vehicles in the Top Gear Motoring Survey 2004. Daimlerchrysler spent US$600 million on enhancments at the Alabama factory before releasing the second-generation ML in 2005.
Major model variants have included the ML320, ML350, ML430, ML500 and Mercedes-Benz ML55, along with the ML230 and the turbodiesel ML270 CDI and ML400 CDI in Europe. The Mercedes-Benz ML55, or Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, featured a V8 motor made by AMG, modified body-work, and other performance features. Pricing initially was US$33950, for the base model in 1998. The ML350 replaced the ML320 as the base model in the US a few years after its introduction by Mercedes-Benz.