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2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (photos)

The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class was unveiled. The new SUV offers a bold new design and low fuel consumption.

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The 2012 M-Class has the characteristic C-pillar, similar to early generations of the M-Class. However the slope of the roofline offers a sportier, updated look.
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To keep the weight of the M-Class, the hood and fenders are made out of light, and yet very strong, aluminum alloys, while the cross member for the instrument panel is made of magnesium.
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The M-Class SUV features the tightest turning circle in its segment, with a 180-degree turn negotiated within a circle diameter of just 38.7 feet. At higher speeds, the power assistance is reduced to improve the SUV's handling.
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To achieve a lower wind resistance on the 2012 M-Class, new features include sealing around the radiator section, sealed joints between the hood and the headlamps, front wheel spoilers, and air outlets in the front wheel well liners.
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Additional air flow optimization comes from redesigned exterior mirror housings, an optimized roof spoiler, underfloor and engine compartment paneling, and aerodynamically optimized light-alloy wheels.
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As part of the safety enhancements on the 2012 M-Class, the SUV's lighting package comes with Night View Assist Plus with pedestrian detection, and Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist, both with active and passive features.
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The 2012 M-Class features two-part taillights with LED fiber-optic technology.
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The interior of the 2012 M-Class. M-Class comes standard with a new audio head unit, a 7-inch color display, Bluetooth audio streaming and telephony, phonebook download, a six-disc CD/DVD/MP3/AM/FM weather band radio, HD Radio, album cover art, an auxiliary input, and USB port.
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Interior safety features include: two-stage adaptive airbags for the driver and front passenger, a drivers' side kneebag and dual front sidebags. Passengers in the rear are protected by sidebags and windowbags. There are also three-point seat belts on all five seats.
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The new lowered roof of the 2012 M-Class features a large spoiler and chrome rails.

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