Mercedes-Benz has started assembling the M-Class SUV in Indonesia at its Wanaherang, Bogor plant in West Java. The German carmaker has spent between 20 to 30 million euros in the past two years to modernise its assembly plant, Jakarta Globe reports.

“This is a perfect year for the growth of Mercedes-Benz in Indonesia. After introducing the ML 350 4MATIC in June, we decided to assemble the M-Class series with a perfect detail and quality,” said Claus Weidner, president director of Mercedes-Benz Indonesia.

“The model is locally assembled which proves that Indonesia is a potential market for Mercedes-Benz. It also reflects the strength of Indonesian talents who are able to assemble with high precision and discipline. Our decision indicates that the investment climate in Indonesia is conducive to the growth of our business,” Weidner added.

The ML 350 4MATIC assembled in Indonesia is the same variant of the third-gen W166 that’s sold in Malaysia. Launched here in July, the SUV is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 engine with 306 hp and 370 Nm. It is priced at RM570,888. With this development, will we get a cheaper Asean-made ML?

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