Test drove a ML350 with premium package. In a brief summary here are my thoughts. Quality of workmanship significantly improved. Ride and transmission very smooth. Front seats comfortable but not as high a position as the W163. Leg room front and back very acceptable. Power tailgate excellent. Drawbacks - design of folding rear seats. You can no longer put very long objects such as an 8" folding table in the car as the way the rear bottom cushion folds, the back of the front passenger seat can not be reclined way back. Cargo area is slightly narrower with now barely sufficient room for golf clubs to fit left to right instead of angled or from to back. Given the redesign there is more of a blind spot for the driver on the rear passenger side when you look back. As mentioned by another writer, the rear seats are at an unusual angle that takes time to get use to. No keyless go on the 350. Styling is certainly not aggressive or exciting. Based on the brochure the new red is what is on the mbusa web site picture - the alpine rain seems to be close to a silver blue -- the green seems to be a dark green. No longer a storage area under the passenger front seat. Looks like great quality but somewhat of a failure in design and features given what the pricing is. Why not pre safe and the other new safety items for the US? Will probably wait to see the R class or wait for option additions in the 2007 model.