Though the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is still set to make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, Mercedes has decided to unveil most of its details beforehand.
This tuned-up version of the redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class won’t be available at U.S. dealers until spring 2012, according to the Motor Trend, but Mercedes wants potential buyers and car enthusiasts to know the basics about this luxury midsize SUV ahead of time. Like most new AMG models, the ML63 AMG will offer a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine rather than the traditional 6.2-liter V8, paired with a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic transmission.
According to Left Lane News, the ML63 AMG will get about 16 mpg in combined city and highway use. While that doesn’t sound particularly good, it’s actually about average for a luxury midsize SUV with standard all-wheel drive. Once you add in the fact that the ML63 AMG’s new engine makes 518 horsepower and is one-third more efficient than the outgoing 2010 ML63 AMG, this fuel economy sounds downright impressive.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the Los Angeles Times notes that the outgoing model started at about $92,000. If you want a luxury brand SUV with tons of power, but don’t want to wait six months to get the ML63 AMG, check out the BMW X5 M or the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Both combine a luxurious interior with driving dynamics that are more appropriate for a sports car than a family-hauling SUV.
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