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Mercedes Benz ML320


Mercedes Benz ML320

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

Top speed:112 mph (179 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.9 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:195 ci (3,199 cc)
Transmission:5-speed auto
Max power:215 bhp (160 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:233 lb ft (315 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:4,200 lb (1,909 kg)
Economy:15.7 mpg (5.6 km/I)
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