We’ve already seen plenty of spy shots of the next-generation 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class but in this latest round of shots we have a prototype fitted with the new AMG Sports Pack destined for the upcoming luxury SUV.

This isn’t the high-performance 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG spied earlier. The AMG Sports Pack is essentially a sporty trim level for the ML and typically features accessories such as custom bumpers with enlarged cooling ducts, stylized rear diffusers, polished stainless steel exhaust tips and AMG light alloy wheels.

For the interior, the AMG Sports Pack for the new ML should include sporty bucket seats, carbon fiber or possibly Alcantara trim, AMG floor mats, a pedal cluster in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, black roof lining and Nappa trim for the gear-shifter.

Previous models fitted with an AMG Sports Pack have also received special ‘M’ manual transmissions mode designed for their automatic gearbox.

The barely disguised state in which this prototype was parading around in also suggests that the redesigned ML is set for a debut in the very near future, most likely at September’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Its showroom appearance, however, likely won’t take place until sometime in the first half of next year.