Mercedes-Benz M-Class History

Mercedes-Benz M-Class History

Mercedes-Benz M-Class History


The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was first introduced back in 1997 as a smaller option than the brand’s larger GL-Class. Since its introduction, the M-Class has steadily established itself in the luxury mid-size SUV class, giving the Mercedes brand a leg up on the competition.

Early History

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a luxury mid-size SUV lineup produced at Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama, plant, where initial production began on February 9, 1997. It was created to replace the G-Class, originally part of a joint platform with Mitsubishi, though the partnership was abandoned before the M-Class was completed.

Recent History

When the Mercedes-Benz M-Class was first introduced, it was with the ML320, which was powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine. Now in its third generation, the M-Class offers four different trim levels with the ML350, ML350 Bluetec, ML550, and ML63 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class Awards

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has won many awards, including the 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award, the 2006 “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” Canadian Car of the Year, and the World Car Award in 1999.

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview