New from the ground up in 2006 and much more better-looking, the American-built M-Class, which actually uses the ML moniker, is a better on-road and off-road 4WD now. Mildly worked over for 2008, and facelifted a few months later, including the addition of a new V8, the M-Class is built for better off-road performance, with permanent all-wheel-drive plus 4ETS, a hill-start aid to help when climbing, and Downhill Speed Regulation to ensure constant speed on downhill tracks. In addition, the optional AIRMATIC package and ADS adaptive damping system so you can increase the ground clearance up to 110 mm at the touch of a button. Various aesthetic options include the off-road styling package, the Chrome package, the Sports package and the Interior equipment package. Models include the 3.5-litre ML 350 and a new 5.5-litre ML 500. All come with a 7-speed automatic. Features include 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels, man-made leather/Aspen fabric or leather upholstery, tyre pressure loss warning system, crash sensors, front and side airbags, CD radio with pre-installation for mobile phone and more. The AMG kit adds 20-inch or 21-inch alloy wheels.