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Mercedes-Benz M-class

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MERCEDES-BENZ is encouraging drivers of its M-class 4x4 to do a rare thing - take their vehicles off-road. The manufacturer is so keen to show what its Land Rover rival can do that it has organised a series of off-road driving days around the country. The initiative throws down the gauntlet to the likes of BMW and Volkswagen, who are both in the final stages of preparing their off-road offerings.

And with a 4.3-litre V8 now joining the 3.2-litre V6 which was launched last September, the line-up is moving further into the luxury territory. Mercedes is among the first manufacturers to offer a vehicle which can truly rival the legendary Range Rover. On-the-road prices for the M-class start at ú31,320 for the M320 auto tested here and rise to ú42,750 for the M430 V8 auto.

Mercedes is also planning the launch of a more economical 2.7-litre diesel model for early next year which will start from ú28,200 on-the-road. This year, the company expects to sell about 6,000 M-class vehicles in the UK, which it expects to increase further next year with the arrival of V8 and common rail diesel models.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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