Auto Expo 2014 LIVE: New Mercedes ML500 Guard India debut [Images & Details]

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We are reporting LIVE from  Auto Expo 2014 and the new Mercedes GL500 Guard has just made its India debut. Here are some images and details from the event.

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As with every Guard model from Mercedes, the new ML500 Guard is an armored version of the popular luxury SUV. Mercedes Benz India has total of three Guard models on sale in our market and with this, has the most comprehensive special-protection vehicles range on sale here. The new Mercedes ML500 Guard adheres to VR4 protection level.

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All the additional protection systems are taken fully into account right from the development phase of each model series and perfectly integrated into the vehicle’s architecture. This enables all the advantages of the standard series-production vehicle to be retained, such as for instance the luxurious yet functional vehicle interior, the high level of active and passive safety, the exceptional ride comfort and the agile driving dynamics.

As with all special-protection vehicles with the three-pointed star, in the new M-Guard the focus is on a holistic development approach: integrated special protection. This means that the individual protection elements are integrated in the raw vehicle bodyshell from scratch in an autonomous process, by virtue of which the entire passenger compartment receives a kind of coat of armour that even includes elements such as the roof frame struts, locks, door gaps and exterior mirror mounts. This way, a Mercedes-typical comprehensive protection system against ballistic attacks is created, providing protection that includes places where retrofitting would hardly be possible, or would be much less effective.

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