2011 All-New Mercedes M-Class (Part 2/6): The Concepts behind the Machine


MERCEDES-BENZ Europe: Official Press Release

The Technology of the New M-Class: Refinement Meets Efficiency

Statements: „A Quantum Leap in terms of Efficiency, Safety, Agility and Design…“

Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety


Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety Professor Dr Rodolfo Schöneburg Head of Passive Safety

"To improve upon the already high level of safety of the current M-Class, we have worked to perfect occupant protection, enhanced active safety and, by adapting various Assistance Systems, drawn even closer to our vision of accident-free driving. And that, of course, also benefits all other road users."
Professor Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety

Dr Thomas Weber Mercedes-Benz Cars Research and Development Dr Thomas Weber Mercedes-Benz Cars Research and Development Dr Thomas Weber Mercedes-Benz Cars Research and Development Dr Thomas Weber Mercedes-Benz Cars Research and Development

"The M-Class embodies all the automotive experience that we have accumulated over 125 years and thus represents – in short – a quantum leap in terms of efficiency, safety, agility, driving enjoyment and design!"
"Our aim with the M-Class has always been to combine the comfort and luxury of a saloon with the off-road capability and emotive appeal of an SUV."
Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development

Dr Uwe Ernstberger Head of Program Management M-Class Dr Uwe Ernstberger Head of Program Management M-Class Dr Uwe Ernstberger Head of Program Management M-Class

"We have managed to improve energy efficiency to such an extent that, in a competitive comparison, our SUV achieves the best consumption figures, while also offering excellent safety, comfort, driving dynamics and off-road performance."
Dr. Uwe Ernstberger, Head of Program Management M-Class

Hartmut Sinkwitz Head of Interior Design Hartmut Sinkwitz Head of Interior Design Hartmut Sinkwitz Head of Interior Design Hartmut Sinkwitz Head of Interior Design Hartmut Sinkwitz Head of Interior Design


"The new M-Class has a welcoming ambience that, until now, was only to be found in a luxury saloon. It is thus far more than an SUV: a category of vehicle that was once purely practical in nature has become a space to withdraw to, offering a sense of wellbeing."
Hartmut Sinkwitz, Head of Interior Design

Thomas Merker Head of M-Class Model Range Thomas Merker Head of M-Class Model Range Thomas Merker Head of M-Class Model Range

"When it came to driving dynamics and ride comfort, our aim was to combine the ride comfort so typical of Mercedes with a high level of agility on the road and very convincing off-road performance!"
Thomas Merker, Head of M-Class Model Range

Bernhard Heil Head of Powertrain Bernhard Heil Head of Powertrain Bernhard Heil Head of Powertrain Bernhard Heil Head of Powertrain

"Our task is clear: to show the way forward to CO2-free driving for all model series, the M-Class included, without neglecting either driving enjoyment or comfort. By using a new tool that was developed in-house, we have been able to make the M-Class the efficiency champion in its segment."
Bernhard Heil, Head of Powertrain

2011 All-New Mercedes M-Class (Part 2/6): The Concepts behind the Machine

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