An SUV with attitude

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The world seems to be heading towards SUV’s (other than Thailand where the pick-up reigns supreme), but the plebeian workhorse variety is being superseded by SUV’s with attitude.  Amongst these are vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but now Mercedes-Benz has joined to upscale SUV market with the new ML 63 AMG that goes on sale mid-2012.

The new ML 63 AMG has a twin-turbo V8 with 386 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque and covers 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.  This new V8 has a more powerful 5.5 liter twin turbocharged unit teamed to a seven-speed auto, instead of the previous 6.2 liter V8.  However, if the performance is not enough, you can specify the optional “Performance Pack”, which boosts the outputs even higher to 410 kW and 760 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG. Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG.

Standard equipment for the all-wheel-drive ML 63 AMG includes performance brakes, 20 inch wheels, adjustable suspension and a new anti-roll system that aims to keep the car level through corners.  Inside are a number of unique AMG items, including sports seats, a sportier leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift-paddles and leather upholstery.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has not yet announced pricing for the ML 63 AMG, but I would expect around 8-10 million in Thailand.