A lion in wolf’s clothing.
I remember when Mercedes introduced their M-class to the world when The Lost World: Jurassic Park came out back in 1997, what an incredible jungle survival machine it looked. Since then there’s always been something about the SUV that just felt awesome; probably the image from Spielberg’s film that clouded my nostalgic mind.
In the concrete jungle of Dubai, however, the M-class of old seems out of place, which is why the new M-class feels ‘at home’ because of its sharp looks and powerful engine. Even so, our review unit was not the top of the line ML500, but the monstrosity from AMG, the ML63.
The new M-class looks very civilized, perfect for the suburbs and the buzz filled streets of any city. It does follow the new Mercedes corporate look, but there are enough unique design elements to make the M-class stand out from the rest of their fleet.
The front does indeed look a lot like the ever popular C-class, with the large sweeping grill and the Mercedes Benz logo dominating the center. The headlights are nicely curved, with the rest of the front fascia creating sweeping lines that bulge out behind, giving the M-class a very muscular look.
While the rest of the front looks like standard M-class, the higher placed LED lights atop the massive black grills which extend out to the silver colored lower chin gives the ML63 AMG a very aggressive look.
Similarly from the sides, there’s not much difference between the regular M-class and the ML63, except for the massive 21-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels. Move to the back and we see the sharply angled tail lamps, followed by more black grills and a pair of squarish tailpipes on either side.
I have to say that compared to the previous generation, the new M-class has gained a lot of girth, so to speak, making it look more suitable for the streets rather than a go anywhere SUV. Indeed the lowered stance and the low-profile tires don’t make the ML63 ideal for anything except the tarmac.