Mercedes Will Continue Production of Current-gen M-Class Through 2011 Model Year
Mercedes-Benz is poised to replace its current-generation M-Class, a vehicle that's been on the market for over six-years now, with a next-generation model later this year. While the automaker is indeed winding down the second-generation model, contrary to reports, Mercedes will continue to produce all variants of the SUV through the 2011 model year, including the 503-horsepower ML63 AMG.
Fans of the ML63 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 ML63 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 ML63 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 ML63 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.