Our spies have snapped a first batch of photographs with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG facelift.

Our spies have snapped a first batch of photographs with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG facelift.

The facelifted M-Class was spied several times before but this is the first time we manage to check out the changes which will be implemented in the range-topping AMG version set to debut alongside the regular model most likely in October at the Paris Motor Show. The prototype seen here was spotted somewhere in southern Europe conducting handling tests.

Although changes appear to be minimal since there's camouflage only on the front fascia, our sources have informed us the M-Class facelift will be just as significant as it was for the E-Class. The taillights don't have any camouflage but most likely these will be tweaked as well and we expect to find different character lines, a single-bar front grille and updated headlights with a daytime running light bar.

Chances are there won't be any modifications under the hood so the ML 63 AMG facelift will continue to use the V8 5.5-liter twin-turbo which churns 525 PS (386 kW) and 699 Nm (516 lb-ft) in standard guise and 558 PS (410 kW) and 758 Nm (560 lb-ft) when configured with the optional AMG Performance Package. With the latter, the high-performance SUV needs 4.6 seconds until 60 mph (96 km/h) and can hit a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) while the standard ML 63 AMG is 0.1s slower in the sprint and is electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Be part of something big