It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz is in the process of winding down its current-generation M-Class SUV, in preparation for the all-new 2012 model. Contrary to what other sites have reported however, the German automaker will continue to offer all variants of its M-Class SUV, including the potent ML 63 AMG this year.
Fans of the ML 63 AMG woke up to a nasty rumor today claiming Mercedes was killing off its high-power SUV in preparation for the next generation M-Class. Performing due diligence, we contacted Mercedes itself to verify the report. While Mercedes did confirm that some of its low-volume vehicles are only built when demanded, but the ML 63 AMG apparently doesn’t fall into that category. Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant will continue to churn out all five variants of the 2011 M-Class for the United States market including the ML 63 AMG.
Mercedes introduced its current-generation tall-riding M-Class SUV as a 2006 model at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. One year later in Detroit, Mercedes introduced its 6.2-liter V-8 powered AMG variant. With 503 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 5093 pound SUV can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
While the ML 63 AMG may not be a high-volume vehicle itself, the M-Class was Mercedes’ third best-selling vehicle overall and ranked as the brand’s best-selling SUV in the United States in November 2010. We’ve seen a few spy shots of the next M-Class, but we’re told the automaker won’t fully reveal the 2012 model until sometime this summer. And while it’s still a ways off, rest assured that Mercedes will likely give its number one SUV the AMG treatment again.