The 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will be released next year. The new model will be a carryover, though it will come with some interesting changes. To start with, the new model will have its appearance refreshed. The changes will be mild, but they will make the new model look more modern. Since this is a mid-cycle update, it would be naïve to expect more than that. However, the new model will be far from looking dull or the same. It will keep its current elegance and style, but it will also be modern and innovative. Also, the interior will be slightly updated. Since this model belongs to higher stratums of the automotive markets, we believe there is no need to explain the level of comfort, elegance of equipment that comes with the new model. That goes without saying. As for the powertrain, the 2016 M-Class will keep its current engines. However, there are rumors about the possible plug-in hybrid setup, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. There is also another novelty regarding this model. Since the Mercedes-Benz decided to change the nomenclature of its models in order to make it easier to comprehend, the new M-Class will actually be called the 2016 GLE-Class from now on. The GLE prefix will be used for all the SUVs in the future.
2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Exterior
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will have its appearance slightly changed. The new model will keep its recognizable exterior design, only it will now be more modern and interesting. The design will not go too far from the current one, but according to some sources, it will borrow some details from the Concept Coupe SUV. This way, the new SUV will look elegant and modern, but it will also bring a hint of innovation and creation. The front end of the new model will have a more subtle and refined look. It will feature a new grille and headlights which resemble those seen on the GLA-Class. In addition, the rear end will suffer similar changes. There will be a redesigned exhaust tips, diffuser and taillights. All in all, the new M-Class will look modern, attractive and refined.
As for the interior, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will offer a new and more appealing cabin. The new interior design is not drastic, but it does change the feeling of the model. It now holds more quality materials, including the high-quality leather upholstery which contributes to the impression of elegance and luxury. Also, the manufacturer will offer some new gadgets. The most important one of them is surely the latest infotainment system, which will now come with a new screen. Expect the model to stay as equipped and well-connected as it always was, or even slightly better.
2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Engine Options
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will offer numerous engines for you to choose from. The basic one will be the 3.5-liter V6 mill that produces 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The second, more powerful unit will be the 3.0-liter V6 engine which delivers 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful option will, naturally, come with the ML63 AMG model. The latter will be powered by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that provides an amazing 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. This mill has a serious reputation, so no wonder they didn’t change it. In addition, the 2016 M-Class will also offer a diesel option. It will feature a turbocharged 2.1-liter BlueTEC four-cylinder unit that can generate 200 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. As for the transmission, the new SUV will come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox which would seriously improve its performance, however this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class might even get a hybrid powertrain. It is expected that this setup will consist of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor which uses a 8.7-kWh lithium-ion battery. The new plug-in hybrid would have an impressive performance. Its estimated power output is around 436 horsepower, which is wicked. The same setup is also used for the 2016 S550 sedan. However, there are still no official reports saying that the new M-Class will be offered as a hybrid, too.
2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Release
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz M-Class will be released next year under the new name, the GLE-Class. As for the price, there is no official information regarding this topic yet, but some sources claim it will cost slightly more than the current counterpart. Of course, if the model get a new hybrid powerplant, it will cost even more.