Report: Mercedes-Benz SL to forgo retractable hardtop for next generation - AutoNation Drive
The next generation Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK roadsters will apparently serve up some rather radical changes.
More specifically, according to a report from Germany’s Autobild, word is that the next generation SL will be forgoing its use of a retractable hardtop in favor for a conventional soft-top. This is in an apparent move to reduce the car’s weight.
Additionally, both the new SL and SLK will ride on Mercedes’ next MSA modular platform to reduce production costs and to improve weight distribution while lowering the center of gravity.
Engines are expected to be a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines for the SLK, while the SL will go back to its old ways and will be offered with Benz’s incoming new 3.0L inline-six. The four-cylinder gasser in the SLK is expected to produce 238hp while the sixer could serve up anywhere between 333hp to 435hp. The sixer in the SL might produce 365hp, though nothing has been confirmed
A new SLK is expected in 2020 with the SL arriving in 2021.
2014 Mercedes-Benz SL550
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK250
– By: Chris Chin