The ML was Mercedes' first proper 4WD, as the former G-Wagon was really just a development of the van and hence drove like one. The ML, on the other hand, was like a Mercedes saloon, thanks to a well-designed independent suspension system using coil springs all around. The 4WD set-up used Mercedes ETS with two differentials and if the system detected a loss of traction to a wheel, it would apply brake pressure and force more traction to the other three wheels. It made the car very capable off road, whilst retaining very civilized on-road ride quality. Underneath was well protected, with nothing lower than 8.5 inches (216mm) and the fuel tank, exhaust and differential protected by crossmembers on the ladder frame chassis. The V6 engine used three valves and twin spark plugs per cylinder, ensuring maximum combustion and low emissions, essential for sales in California.
Mercedes Benz ML320 Specifications
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