The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive provides dynamic and safe handling both on the road and for off-road driving – particularly in critical driving situations. 4MATIC improves the driving dynamics, traction and handling.
7G-TRONIC automatic transmission (7-speed)
The 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission increases ride comfort with an exceptionally smooth gear change process. The seven forward gears allow for smaller shifts in engine speed. The system can also skip individual gears, for example, changing directly from the seventh to the fifth gear, which is especially ideal for overtaking manoeuvres. Together with very short shift times and a low noise level, the 7G-TRONIC significantly increases the driving dynamics and also makes a considerable contribution to reducing fuel consumption.
Speed-sensitive power steering
The speed-sensitive power steering assists the driver when parking and enhances safety at higher speeds. When manoeuvring at low speeds very little power must be applied for relatively large steering angles. When driving more quickly, however, the electronic control unit changes the steering ratio, which reduces the risk of accidents from driving errors. The steering column also contributes to safety: if front impact should occur, its individual elements retract into each other like a telescope to lessen the risk of injury to the driver.
DIRECT SELECT gearshift w/steering-wheel gearshift paddles
With the DIRECT SELECT switches on the back on the steering wheel all you need to do is tap them with your finger to change gears. To accelerate you need only keep the "Downshift“ button depressed and the transmission will automatically change to a gear with the optimum torque.
ESP®/4ETS traction and stability program
ESP®/4ETS increases safety in critical driving situations: it is a driving dynamics control system which maintains traction and handling through appropriate activation of the wheel brakes and engine management.
On unpaved surfaces in terrain driving all you need to do is press the off-road button to get optimum traction through ESP®/4ETS.
Adaptive brake light, flashing
When you make an emergency stop the adaptive brake lights blink every 5.5 seconds. This blinking of the brake lights warns the vehicles behind you and allow them more time to react. If the vehicle is braked to a complete stop, the hazard warning lamps also switch on.
Airbags with multi-stage deployment logic and sidebags for driver and front passenger, plus windowbags for all seat rows
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Outside temperature display
Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR)
Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) downhill speed regulation supports the driver with steep drives downhill. The system keeps the vehicle speed constant by controlling the engine and transmission and using automatic braking.
Brake Assist (BAS)
The Brake Assist can provide protection against accidents by recognising emergency braking situations based on the speed with which the brake pedal is depressed and then automatically builds up full braking power. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) then meters the braking power up to the slip threshold, which ensures that steering control is maintained. Once the driver releases the brake pedal, the automatic brake boosting is immediately terminated.
Electronic Stability Program ESP®
Headlamp Assist (automatic headlamp activation)
The headlamp assist helps the driver by automatically switching on low-beam headlamps, tail lamps and number plate illumination when it gets dark outside. The assistance system performs this task even when it’s raining or snowing by electronically detecting the cycles of the windscreen wipers.
‘Fasten seat belt’ warning for front seats
PRE-SAFE® occupant protection system
PRE-SAFE® can recognise the risk of an accident early on and activate safety systems which can reduce the change of injury for vehicle occupants. To accomplish this PRE-SAFE® continually monitors the sensor data from the systems such as ESP® and BAS and identifies events such as noticeable understeering or oversteering and emergency stops.
If a critical driving situation should occur, the systems can respond within fractions of a second. The belt tensioners are activated, the electrically adjustable seats are moved to a favourable position in the event of a collision and the side windows and the sliding/tilting sunroof are automatically closed.
NECK-PRO head restraint system (5) (crash-responsive in front)
The crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraint system is designed to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries. NECK-PRO is fully integrated into the front head restraints and supports the head earlier in the event of a rear-end collision. If the sensors register a crash, they release a pre-tensioned spring that pushes the head restraints forwards and upwards. After deployment, the head restraints can be pushed back to their original position by hand.
Tyre pressure loss warning system
The tyre pressure loss warning system promptly informs the driver of a dangerous drop in pressure in the individual tyres, which helps to prevent accidents. The system monitors the rotational speed of the individual wheels and recognises significant losses in pressure depending on any changes. The warning is provided via a display in the instrument cluster.
Headlamp system (fog lamps, projection-beam headlamp, daytime driving lights)
Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
If during a critical driving situation the vehicle threatens to roll over, the roll-over sensor can activate safety measures to protect the occupants: the driver’s and front passenger’s seat belts are tightened within fractions of a second, the optional electrically adjustable front-passenger seat is moved to an optimum position and the sliding/tilting sunroof (optional) is closed.
Telephony, entertainment and navigation
Audio 20 CD with 8 loudspeakers and CD player
AUX-IN connection in glove compartment, for external audio devices
Steering wheel in leather w/multifunction buttons
You can use the multifunction steering wheel to operate the information and entertainment functions of the vehicle without being distracted from traffic conditions. In addition the car is equipped with four intuitively arranged buttons for operating the display menu in the instrument cluster and adjusting the volume of the radio and sound system.
Twin-pipe exhaust system with exposed tailpipes
Heated exterior mirrors, electrically adjustable
Courtesy lights in the 4 doors
Roof rails, roof rack pre-installation
Light-alloy wheels in 17-inch, 19-inchor 20-inch version
Car key in design version with chrome trim
Four power windows (with one-touch control)
THERMATIC automatic climate control
THERMATIC automatic climate control provides individual temperatures and a pleasant climate in the vehicle interior, with separate controls for the right and left side of the interior. The desired temperature and air distribution are automatically regulated. In addition a combination filter ensures optimum air quality. With the REST function the interior of the vehicle can be heated or ventilated for up to 30 minutes after the engine switches off.
Rear head restraints
Load compartment cover
Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
ISOFIX child seat attachment points in rear
Multifunction display (round dials with integral display)
Bench seat in rear, split-folding (1/3:2/3)
Door centre panel in ARTICO man-made leather
Central locking with interior switch and crash sensor
 Standard equipment for models ML 280 CDI, ML 320 CDI and ML 350.
 Standard equipment for models ML 420 CDI and ML 500.