For those of you who are waiting for the an all powerful SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the company has just revealed the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV for the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show. The new SUV will sport a much more powerful V8 engine, which puts it at the top of the food chain in SUV. Of course, like big engines, it will require much more gas for your everyday grocery shopping.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV is equipped with a more powerful and fuel efficient twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, which replaces the 6.2-liter engine. The new engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in standard form, but when opt for the AMG Performance Package, it raises to 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.
With a new powerful engine, it means that is time to swap for a new transmission as well. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV is now equipped with the new AMG Speedshift Plus seven-speed transmission, with all-wheel drive. Performance wise, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV in standard form has a top speed of 155 mph with 0-60 mph time in 4.7 seconds. But when equipped with the Performance Pack, performance is raised to 174 mph top speed and 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, explains, “Like its predecessors, the 2012 ML63 AMG sets new standards in terms of performance, exclusivity and an outstanding driving experience – plus the efficiency factor, which is acquiring ever greater emphasis at Mercedes-AMG. As the inventor of the high-performance SUV, we remain true to the philosophy which we introduced in 1999 with the 2000MY ML55 AMG and continued with the 2007MY ML63 AMG.”
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV is lavishly designed in the interior as well. It comes with a standard Designo leather interior, along with a host of high-tech gadgets to keep you comfortable and entertained for the excursion.
Of course, not everyone is too fond of powerful SUVs due to its diminutive gas mileage and a hefty sticker price. But then again, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV is not for an ordinary “Joe” family.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG SUV will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, and we’ll keep you posted with more details and photos. So stay tuned. In the meantime, you check out the new photos on top and see it in action in the video below.