2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Priced at $48,990

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4maticWhen the redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class goes on sale this fall, it will have the exact same pricing as last year’s model, said Dan Barile, Mercedes-Benz spokesman. The 2012 ML350 4matic has a starting price of $48,990, and the diesel ML350 Bluetec starts at $50,490, not including an $875 destination charge. Both trims come with a standard permanent all-wheel-drive system with adjustable controls. Mercedes hasn’t announced whether there will be a rear-wheel-drive-only base model as there was for the 2011 model year.

Overall, the 2012 trims offer more value and better fuel economy compared to their predecessors. The 2012 M-Class has nine airbags, including a new knee airbag, and there’s a new standard drowsiness detection system that monitors driver attentiveness. There’s also a new active damping suspension system standard on both trims. Check out our First Look to learn more about what has changed on the model.

The 2012 ML350 4matic is powered by a revised 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 17/22 mpg city/highway; the 2011 got 15/20 mpg. The 2012 ML350 Bluetec gets a revised 240-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, producing 455 pounds-feet of torque. It gets 20/25 mpg, which is up from 18/25 mpg in 2011.

Both trims get Bluetooth audio streaming, LED daytime running lights, 19-inch aluminum wheels, a 7-inch center console display, 4.5-inch instrument cluster display, heated front seats, aluminum roof rails and eight-way power-adjustable front seats standard.

There are several option packages, which include features such as blind spot monitoring, heated/cooled cupholders, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. The 2012 M-Class goes on sale in September. Continue reading below for more option details.


  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4matic: $48,990 
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec: $50,490 
  • Destination fee: $875 

Optional Packages

Premium 1 Package ($3,600)

  • Rearview camera 
  • Power folding, auto-dimming side mirrors  
  • Driver memory with power tilt/telescoping steering column  
  • Comand system with hard-drive navigation and Sirius traffic and weather  
  • iPod/MP3 port 
  • Sirius Satellite Radio 
  • 10-gigabyte music register 
  • Enhanced voice control 
  • Double sun visors 
  • 115V AC power outlet 

Premium 2 Package ($5,450)

Premium 1 Package contents plus:

  • Heated and cooled cupholders 
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system 
  • Rear storage compartment 
  • Passive-keyless entry
  • Multicolor ambient lighting 

Dynamic Handling Package ($5,150)

  • Adaptive damping system 
  • Active Curve system
  • Airmatic air suspension 
  • 20-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheel 

Lighting Package ($1,290)  

  • Headlamp cleaning system 
  • Adaptive high-beam assist 
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination 
  • Corner illuminating lamps 

Lane Tracking Package ($850)

  • Blind Spot Assist 
  • Lane Keep Assist 

Driver Assistance Package ($2,950)

  • Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake 
  • Active Blind Spot Assist 
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist 

Stand-Alone Options

  • Leather seating ($1,620) 
  • Parktronic with Active Parking Assist ($970)  
  • Wood/leather multifunction steering wheel ($590)  
  • Power panorama sunroof ($1,090) 
  • Heated steering wheel ($225) 
  • Trailer hitch ($550) 
  • Stainless steel running boards with rubber studs ($670)  
  • Rear seat entertainment system ($1,970)  
  • Rear seat entertainment system pre-wiring ($240) 
  • Heated rear seats ($620) 
  • Passive-keyless entry ($650)

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