Since the new M-Class is brought here as kits and then assembled here, it's quite a bit more expensive than it's main european rivals, so to bring things to a level playing field, they've launched a smaller engined version called the ML 250 CDI. This version comes with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine making 204 bhp of peak power instead of the 3.0-litre V-6 unit used in the ML 350 CDI launched earlier this year. Same as the E250 and the C250 CDIs.
Like the fleet use E200 and E250 CDIs, these cars are intended at those that would rather sit at the back than be bothered with driving it, so luxury prevails over power outputs in this case, as the chauffeur won't mind taking an extra few seconds to reach 100 kph. Even still, 204 bhp of power and 51 kg-m of peak torque are nothing to scoff at.
This base model undercuts competition from Audi and BMW by a good bit and makes for a very tempting option if you're in the market for a luxury SUV. This move is intended to help their flagging sales compared to the other German competition.
For more info, check out our in-depth review of the new M-Class here>>