It seems that the men over at Mercedes are working hard at their next generation models. What we have here is a dozen spy photos in which we can see the 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class (or ML-Class as it is known in certain regions). More precisely, we get to see two next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class prototypes. The two Mercedes Benz M-Class prototypes were spied testing somewhere in Germany. From what we can see in the photos below, it seems that the next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class will have a wheelbase equal in length as the one of the current Mercedes ML-Class. Still, it seems that the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 contender will be slightly smaller, having shorter rear overhands and a shorter front.
Because the launch date is so far away, the two next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class prototypes were heavily camouflaged. The 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class will have the same platform as the one used for the new generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. We will also most probably get to see more pronounced fenders, an evenly chiseled profile and a sculptured front fascia, which would mean that the next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class will have some of the same styling patterns as the new Mercedes Benz E-Class or the Mercedes Benz GLK.
There is no official information regarding the engine lineup, but we guess that all the engines available for the next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class will most likely have reduced emissions, will deliver more power and will offer higher fuel efficiency. Rumors claim that the engine lineup for the next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class will include a range of V6 diesel and gasoline engines, a V8 gasoline engine and a top of the range 6.3 liter V8 engine for the AMG version.
The public debut of the next generation Mercedes Benz M-Class will most likely take place at the 2011 edition of the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Photos via Carscoop
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