• Jan 5th 2011 at 9:28AM
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It seems like just yesterday that we found out that the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG was on its death bed. Okay, it was Monday, but if a report from Motor Trend is true, you can forget about all that noise. The magazine's website reports that a call to MB revealed that sales of the 503-horsepower ML63 AMG and all other ML variants will continue throughout the 2011 model year.

News of the ML63's demise likely sprung from the fact that Mercedes is in the final stages of producing an all-new third generation ML for 2012. The move to kill off ML variants like the AMG and the oil-burning ML450 CDI seemed a bit silly considering that it is made in Mercedes' Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and the ML is the third-best selling Benz lineup in the U.S. market.

While the current-generation ML63 appears primed to ride out its tenure as the 5,000-pound gorilla of the ML line, there is still a chance ML-lovers will have to do without an AMG variant. But that siesta is only possible if Mercedes decides to introduce only certain variants of the ML at launch, with an AMG hitting the streets later in the product cycle. With auto show season ramping up at a furious pace, we're guessing we'll know that information soon enough.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this what Merc is planning? To get rid of the 6.2 (it's not a 6.3 as the name suggests) V8 and replace it with a more efficient smaller 4.something twin-turbo? If it saves weight and the power and torque remain about the same then meh to the 6.2! (Although I do love the sound it makes)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Soccer mom cougars, rejoice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait there's a 450cdi? I thought it was a 350cdi.

      If there was a 450cdi I'd put one in my driveway!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Virtually every new product launch from MB starts with only the core models and engines. Cabriolets, wagons, AMG variants, etc., usually come one to two years later. So it wouldn't be all that surprising for the ML63 to go on hiatus for a year and then return with the new-gen engine.

      ML450 CDI...not sold here nor in Germany. It's the ML350 Bluetec that's offered in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love this SUV. It kicks so much ass!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I really what to know is when the NEW amg version comes out. The new C-class amg had much improved styling, maybe the new M-class amg will as well.
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