Mercedes-Benz is now offering armored versions of the ML350 BlueTec and ML500 which are in compliance with the VR 4 protection class.

Mercedes-Benz is now offering armored versions of the ML350 BlueTEC and ML500 which are in compliance with the VR 4 protection class.

Compared to the regular ML, the armored version comes with specific adaptations for the attachment of the armor elements, along with modified doors and a front structure with reinforcing elements. The windows have a polycarbonate layer on the inside for protection against shards, while special steel is used for the A-, B- and C-pillars, as well as in the roof. This steel was also used to reinforce the passenger area and boosts the SUV's structural firmness.

Both armored MLs ride on 20-inch AMG light alloy wheels with run-flat tires which enable the vehicles to run for up to 30 km (18.6 miles) at speeds of 80 km/h (50 mph) even if the tire is entirely flat.

The ML350 BlueTEC is powered by a V6 diesel engine producing 258 HP (190 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft), while the ML500 comes with a V8 gasoline mill generating 408 HP (300 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft). Both engines are connected to a 7G-TRONIC Plus transmission. The BlueTEC does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 9.4s while the ML500 in 6.5 seconds. Both of them are capable of reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h).

The armored SUVs will be available on order starting March 15 in both LHD and RHD variants, with pricing starting from 105,050 EUR for the ML350 BlueTEC Guard and 118,650 EUR for the ML500 Guard.

Other models available in the Guard program include the E250, E350, E350 BlueTEC, E500, S600, S600 Pullman and G500.

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