Armored Mercedes-Benz M-Class announced image

The German based automaker Mercedes-Benz has recently announced its plans to offer armored versions of the new M-Class generation.

According to the car manufacturer, the armored versions of the new M-Class generation will be available on the ML350 BlueTEC and on the ML500, which will be in compliance with the VR4 protection class. The models in question are coming with a polycarbonate layer on the windows for protection, with a special steel used on the three pillars and in the roof, with steel reinforcements in the passenger area and with some other tweaks which should make this luxury SUV almost indestructible.

The ML350 BlueTEC is powered by a V6 diesel engine, which is producing a total output of 258 HP (190 kW) and it has a peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft). The unit is mated to a 7G-TRONIC Plus transmission, allowing the model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). The ML500 on the other hand has a V8 gasoline engine with 408 HP (300 kW) and 600 Nm of torque (442 lb-ft), mated to the same transmission mentioned above. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is done in 6.5 seconds and top speed stands at 210 km/h (130 mph). The ML350 BlueTEC Guard is priced at 105,050 euros and the ML500 Guard at 118,650 euros.