2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG teaser

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG teaser

This summer Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the 2012 M-Class, so it's natural that the AMG version should be close behind. Our spy shots have tracked the progress of the uber-SUV, and the latest images show it to be very complete and just about ready for prime time.

We’ve already confirmed that the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG will be appearing next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto but now here is an official teaser revealing some of the vehicle’s front-end details.

We can clearly see oversized square-shaped intakes, which are new to the ML63 design language and very similar in design to the intakes on the BMW X5 M and X6 M performance SUVs. The headlights also have their own detailing and there is a prominent row of LED lights integrated into the front bumper.

So what else will the AMG treatment entail for the latest M-Class? We expect it to get the newest twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 AMG powerplant, generating about 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, just as it does in the 2012 E63 AMG. An optional performance package could turn the wick up to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed Speedshift MCT transmission is expected to handle the shifts, with power being sent to all four wheels.

We'll be out in force at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show next week, and will be bringing you more debuts, live photos, and all the technical details. In the meantime, follow our complete coverage of the event by clicking here.