Our spy photographers in Stuttgart have caught a heavily camouflaged Mercedes M-Class heading out for testing.
With the recent launch of the latest BMW X5 and a new Audi Q7 due to be unveiled at the end of the year, Mercedes is giving its premium SUV a facelift for 2015 to help it keep up with the competition.
Radical changes are planned both inside and out, with these pictures showing a new front fascia, including a single-bar grille and what appears to be slimmer headlights. In profile, the M-Class doesn’t look that different, although the sills have been revised and the wheel arches are less aggressively styled.
The rear bumper has also been updated, whereas the taillights are undisguised here – suggesting they could be carried over for 2015.
What these images don’t tell us is how Mercedes plans to shake things up under the bonnet. Alongside retuned versions of the M-Class’ existing powertrains, we should see a new hybrid model to help combat the forthcoming Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. There’s also likely to be a ML 400 variant, featuring a bi-turbo 3-litre V6, which will slot between the 350 AMG Sport and range-topping 63 AMG.
It’s likely the M-Class will be unveiled fully later this year, with prices and specs confirmed shortly after.