Facelift for 2017 Mercedes SL Officially Revealed

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Launching in spring 2016, Mercedes-Benz has pulled the cover off the facelifted SL roadster at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.

Receiving a substantial facelift for the 2017 model year, the new SL gets a heavily revised front end with standard LED headlights and a unique diamond radiator grille that follows in the footsteps of other recently revamped Mercedes models. A pair of powerdomes accentuate the long hood, while the sporty silhouette of the SL is further emphasized with enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts.

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For the U.S., the 2017 Mercedes SL will launch with four models: SL450, SL550, AMG SL63 and AMG SL65. The base model Mercedes SL450 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the SL550 features a 4.7-liter V8 with 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both models receive a new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission with Dynamic Select that allows the driver to adjust vehicle characteristics with a touch of a button.

Stepping up into the AMG range, the AMG SL63 boasts a 5.5-liter V8 packing 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping SL65 gets a 6.0-liter V12 with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. According to the German automaker, the SL63 will be good for a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds, while the SL65 does the sprint in 3.9 seconds. The AMG SL63 will have its powertrain mated to an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission while the SL65 gets an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic box.

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Along with the facelift, Mercedes said that the new SL models use an all-aluminum bodyshell that weighs around 220 pounds less than if it had been produced using steel technology.

Standard features on the 2017 Mercedes SL include Active Brake Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Parking Assist Parktronic, Keyless-Go, Hands-Free Access and Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system. Optional features include ambient lighting, exclusive Nappa leather interior, Magic Sky Control, Smartphone Integration package, Active Body Control with curve tilting function, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system (AMG models) and the Driver Assistance package that outfits the roadster with Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Pre-Safe Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Pre-Safe Plus.

Pricing on the new Mercedes SL will be announced closer to its spring 2016 launch.

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  • goodtoberight1

    Extremely high end, handsome SL. However, it is very long in the tooth since MB has been using same design since late 2009. It is time to bring out a totally state of the art brand new SL. These facelifts are getting old.

  • Tron-Guy

    Average 2nd grader weighs 200 pounds??

  • Chris Fett

    Just so you know, of the SL Roadsters produced in my lifetime, the R113 body style lasted 9 model years. The R107 body style lasted an impressive 18 model years. The R129 body style lasted 13 model years. The R230 body style, which included the 2009 SL you mentioned, lasted 10 model years. The current R231 Body style has only been around since 2013 so I guess you could say it is due a face lift.

  • Fay

    Yuk-ugly and not as pretty as my 1998 slk … why do all cars these day get bigger and so unattractive? I was going to replace my old lady but not having seen this – I will just get the slight rust marks addressed and keep her for as long as I can. MB need to employ some true designers who have passion.

  • hererp

    Lol you put your SLK & SL in the same category?

  • vintage MB lover

    OMG is this car ugly! Well, maybe not ugly– but certianly NOT good looking– especially not for the money!

  • Emperius

    From the 300SL to the 2007 SL (pre ugly botched jagged facelift), this new SL has been a complete eye sore. Bloated, budget designed, politically correct designed roadster with bulged proportions, internal hemorrhaged mess. This goes to the new tumored C-Class and E-Class. In fact, this plague has been seen since 2007 on all GLOBAL manufacturers. BMW and Benz went through this route, as well. Porsche not so much since its 911 look must be retained. Audi kept it very well this long until this or last year. This trend needs to stop and design vehicles without violating its historical lineage or DNA.