Through the years, Mercedes Benz has come up with some of the best looking luxury coupes and sedans. So it's no surprise that when they launched a luxury sports utility vehicle, it'll look just as good as their other cars. The Mercedes Benz M-Class, a 4-door mid-size SUV, was first offered back in 1997 and has been a huge success for the company since then. It may be a small SUV when compared to other more utilitarian models, but it makes up for it with lots of features that make driving one a breeze. One of the best known models under this line would be the Mercedes Benz ML320.
The Mercedes Benz ML320 was first launched in the North American market back in 1997 as a 1998 model. It was the first luxury SUV to come installed with an electronic stability control system that's designed to detect the loss of control and instantly activate selective braking to bring the vehicle back on its intended course. Coupled with front and side airbags, the ML320 got some of the highest marks in crash safety tests. It also came with a 4Matic four-wheel drive that worked in conjunction with a Four-wheel Electronic Traction System, allowing the vehicle to traverse moderate off-road terrain with ease.
Before the Mercedes Benz ML320 was officially launched, Mercedes Benz allowed the use of two pre-production ML-Class SUVs in the film Lost World: Jurassic Park. This early exposure was a marketing success that significantly raised the sales figures of the popular SUV. As a result, the Mercedes Benz ML320 was named as Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 1998 and has won several other awards for that year as well. Thanks to its popularity, owners can find a huge variety of aftermarket Mercedes Benz ML320 parts and accessories in online stores today.