Originally Posted by mick78
I wouldn't call it a beauty, but the following generations have hardly been an improvement
Yes, damning w/ faint praise. I actually thought that the AAC Concept had some promise (but also some very odd design features) but thought that the original ML just looked... weak. I also consider it the symbol of MB's horrific (and thankfully, relatively short lived) decline in the late 1990s.
I can't really tell the length of the firewall from the pics. The front cutline for the front doors is insanely close to the wheelwell, although that could be a visual trick b/c of the cladding. And, yes, the distance to the steering wheel/dash would be a better indicator.
I'm surprised the front looks as different from the GLC as it does, although the rear end looks virtually identical.
For me, I think the most important part will be the interior, b/c I feel that's been the weakest design aspect of the current gen GLE/GLS.