Mercedes Benz India announced the launch of their new SUV, the M Class 250 CDI, at a launch price of Rs 45.64 lakhs, ex-showroom, Pune, earlier today. Powered by a 2143 cc diesel engine generating 151.5 kW @ 4200 rpm and 500 Nm torque @ 1600-1800 rpm, thank to the 7G TRONIC Plus automatic transmission. Mercedes Benz India states that the new ML250 CDI has a top speed of 210 kmph and an acceleration time of 9 seconds for 0-100 kmph. New Mercedes Benz ML 250 will return a milage of 15.26 kmpl. It features 18″ ten spoke alloys while a kerb weight of 2160 kgs. Where dimensions are concerned, the new Mercedes SUV is 4808 mm long, 1906 mm wide and 1796 high. It has a wheelbase of 2915 mm.
Mercedes Benz India, the multinational division of Daimler AG has also announced to start assembly of their luxury sports utility vehicles in India. The new ML250 CDI thus becomes the first ever M Class SUV to be offered from a local production outside Mercedes Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, USA. Apart from this, Mercedes Benz will also start local production of the ML350 and GL Clas within the next few months.
Mercedes Benz M Class and GL Class will be assembled in India while the company will also start assembly operations in Thailand and Indonesia. Mercedes Benz has also started proceedings for finalization of production sites in these three regions. This will be the first time that Mercedes Benz is conducting assembly operations of SUV models outside their parent plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Once production operations of the M Class in India, Thailand and Indonesia commence first units of the new GL Class will also be produced from semi knocked down kits in India and Indonesia from 2013 onwards. Mercedes Benz currently assembles their C, E, and S Class from their plant at Chakan near Pune, India. Vehicles assembled from semi knocked down kits will attract less import duties and this will go a long way in maintaining competitive pricing of Mercedes Benz SUVs.