2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG to make its debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG will make its official debut next month at the 2011 LA Auto Show, according to the latest media reports. As expected, the new 2012 ML 63 AMG will get a new body kit, prepared by the AMG performance division which will include a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear roof spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system. The design will be completed by a new set of AMG five-spoke alloys but the surprise will be actually heard, not seen.

Yes, we are talking about a new direct-injection 5.5-liter V8 engine, found also on the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, and delivering around 525 hp and 516 lb-ft / 700Nm and 557 hp and 590 lb-ft / 800Nm with the optional AMG Performance package.

This engine will be mated to the seven-speed seven-speed Sportshift automatic transmission, while the power will be transferred to the road via the all-wheel drive system.

For those who don’t know, the current ML 63 AMG model is powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine delivering 375 kW (510 hp) at 6800/rpm as well as 630 Nm of torque. This vehicle is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph (electronically limited).

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a variety of models that offer utmost comfort and superior driving experience no matter where you drive. The steel suspension features selective damping, and the chassis has new developments and dynamic handling control systems.

All of these help make the new SUV very effortless to drive. These technologies include the AIRMATIC air suspension that features the Adaptive Damping System, the On and Off Road package that has half a dozen driving modes, and the Active Curve System that helps stabilize active roll. There are also a variety of technologies that help ensure that the new M-Class leads its segment when it comes to vibration and acoustic comfort.

That effortless driving experience is guaranteed even after hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The engineers have tested the body and the chassis under different conditions both in laboratory tests and in real world trials all over the world. Some of the most rigorous tests include the road-simulation test rig and the body testing facility.

New Mercedes-Benz M-Class brings more comfort, great off-road performance and dynamic handling. With steel springs in the chassis, the M-class now has selective damping. This is the first time that the M-Class would offer this suspension and it means that its shock absorbers now have flexible compensatory forces, instead of the set and rigid suspension you see in earlier models.

In daily driving conditions or in low speed off-road conditions, this gives you a gentler ride, helping you relax on board. In the event of quick evasive maneuvers or while driving at higher speeds, the dampers resort to a firmer setting to maintain a high level of stability. The driver is assisted by the electric steering system that gives you the best level of power assistance that is perfect for that particular situation. That means that you would have an easier time when manoeuvring off-road or when parking because of the steering help.

The SUV has the tightest turning circle in its entire segment. If you make a 180‑degree turn, you will only make a circle that has a diameter of 11.8 meters. But when the speed is up, assistance is lowered to make sure that you have better directional stability.

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