The 2013 ML 350 BlueTEC Improves on Perfection

The Mercedes-Benz ML 350 BlueTEC is a luxury SUV with advanced diesel technology for the ultimate in environmentally friendly transportation. Automotive experts indicate the ML 350 BlueTEC is a noteworthy contender among hybrid/diesel offerings.

Mercedes-Benz is renowned for manufacturing diesel engine vehicles. The company first appeared commercially in 1926 but created cars as early as 1886. In 1936, Mercedes released their first diesel engine car. Diesel engines offer high power to displacement ratios and greater fuel economy. Customers received their first taste of Mercedes-Benz SUVs with G-Class models in 1979, and we’ve seen many great innovations in the Mercedes-Benz SUV line since that introduction.

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One of the many great tidbits about the ML 350 BlueTEC models is it features clean diesel technology. In the past, diesel engines have not been known for being environmentally friendly. Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC technology utilizes multiple features to clean emissions before they are expelled through vehicle exhaust pipes. These features have the power not only to keep the air clean, but to change the diesel stigma, and show the world that the diesel engine is a wonderful alternative to gasoline engines. ML 350 BlueTEC engines feature the following multi-step components:

  • Common rail direct (CRD) injection delivers consistent and precise fuel spray for more efficient combustion.

  • Diesel particulate filters (DPFs) remove soot from used engine fuel.

  • Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) converts remaining impurities into nitrogen gas and water.

The technologies work together with low sulfur diesel fuel to create an environmentally safer vehicle. According to Popular Mechanics, low sulfur diesel fuel is approximately 98.5 percent cleaner than past versions.

In performance, the ML 350 BlueTEC SUVs retain traditional Mercedes-Benz features. The company strives for clients to feel that they have not sacrificed comfort or power for the goal of being green. Reviewers at Motor Week Magazine feel designers successfully met their goal.

  • A six-cylinder engine delivers 240 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 7.1 seconds. Mercedes-Benz engineers report timing is comparable to traditional gas models.

  • Vehicles offer fuel efficiency of 20 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

  • Drivers enjoy 600 miles of cruising range, a significant improvement over many traditional gas vehicles and even some hybrid models.

  • Electronic traction helps maintain grip on slippery and uneven roads.

  • The seven-speed automatic transmission offers a more responsive driving experience.

On the outside, Car and Driver notes the most recent ML 350 BlueTEC sits slightly lower than previous models. Vehicles are also longer and wider. The updated vehicle body makes for a safer, aerodynamic ride, while providing the vehicle with a more aggressive and exciting look. Roof rails offer additional space for bulkier items. Chrome accents, 19-inch wheels and LED lights add to the clean exterior design.

While inside, manufacturers designed the ML 350 BlueTec for maximum comfort. MB-Tex seat covers do not stiffen, even in the coldest weather. The multifunction steering wheel allows drivers to control vehicle functions while keeping their eyes on the road. Separate passenger and driver climate controls feature dust and fume filters.

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Entertainment features include the Cockpit and Management Data (COMAND) system that provides hands-free calling and navigation services. A dashboard screen plays CDs, DVDs and memory card files for passenger entertainment. Bluetooth compatibility facilitates wireless connections with a variety of mobile devices. For an additional fee, customers can include a vehicle “hot spot” for continuous Internet connectivity.

On the safety forefront, manufacturers at Mercedes-Benz included nine air bags in the ML 350 BlueTEC, including curtain units for protection from windshield impacts. Collision Prevention Assist triggers an alarm when another vehicle is in close proximity. Attention Assist activates an alert tone if drivers become tired or lose concentration during longer excursions. Customers who frequently tow trailers love the Trailer Stability Assist feature. The system automatically activates front brakes when sensors indicate instability in the rear.

An application called mbrace 2 offers 24-hour customer support with a combination of live assistance and cloud-based GPS programming.

Motor Week Magazine says, “…the ML350 is a true premium SUV…this made in the U.S.A. Ute is one classy ride.” It is hard to argue with that sentiment when one considers the vehicle’s plush interior and quiet ride. The ML 350 BlueTEC has raised the bar for eco-friendly SUV models in the industry.

Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC, or get behind the wheel yourself at Park Place Motorcars in Dallas, Grapevine, or Ft. Worth.