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Mercedes-Benz reveals 2012 ML63 AMG

33% better fuel economy yet still has 518bhp...

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the 2012 ML63 AMG just ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles auto show on Wednesday.

The ML63 gets a new front bumper with large vents and integrated daytime running lights, 20" or 21" AMG alloy wheels and a new rear bumper with vents and quad exhaust tips. We're not huge fans of the new ML's styling - it's far too slab-sided and has lost some of the angular modernity of the old design - but these modifications certainly lift the overall look.

The ML63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 518 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-economy has been improved rather dramatically over the previous unit (33 percent) and now features a rating of 19 mpg (14.7 liters/100 km). Customers wanting more power can opt for the AMG Performance Package which boosts the V8's output to 550 bhp and a maximum torque of 560 lb-ft.

Acceleration on the standard model is 4.7 seconds for the 0 to 60 mph sprint while it's 0.1 seconds quicker with the AMG Performance Package. Top speed is 155 mph standard and 174 mph with the performance pack.

New on the ML63 AMG is the Active Curve System which stabilizes body roll for more solid handling of this large SUV. The AMG Speedshift Plus 7-speed automatic transmission also gets a new fuel-efficient torque converter that helps boost fuel-economy.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.

Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more