Invention is just the beginning.
True innovation never stops at being ﬁrst. With every breakthrough in safety, performance
and luxury, the M‑Class continues to reset the standard for the category it invented.
Think back just 16 years and try to remember what was
in your driveway at the time. Perhaps it was a vehicle that
led the industry in safety. It could have offered the latest
luxuries. Maybe its responsive handling inspired your sense
of conﬁdence at the wheel. Or chances are, it just ﬁt you,
your family and your weekend gear really well. Whatever
you were driving back then, one thing is certain: If what
was in your driveway could do all these things, you owned
more than one vehicle. Because no single automobile — not
even a Mercedes-Benz — could fulﬁll such high expectations
in such a wide scope of abilities. With the debut of the very
ﬁrst — and very original — M-Class, SUVs entered a new era.
At last, their versatile space and all-season capability were
available with Mercedes-Benz luxury, safety and innovation.
Automotive ﬁrsts like the 4-wheel independent suspension
and Electronic Stability Program could now be appreciated
from a commanding viewpoint of the road. The M-Class also
debuted a number of SUV ﬁrsts, too — like side-impact air
bags, its 4-wheel Electronic Traction System, and certiﬁed
low emissions. Generations later, virtually all of its original
breakthroughs have grown to be expected in any new SUV.
But also as expected, Mercedes-Benz keeps forging ahead.
The 2014 M- Class remains a pioneer in performance, top-
rated in safety, and a continual reinvention of the luxury
SUV. Being the best of all worlds has actually never been
its mission. Leading the way to a better world always has.