Say hello to the next-generation Mercedes-Benz – or Mercedes-AMG, from now on – SL roadster.

    Images published by L’Automobile Magazine reveal the new SL’s shapely rear end and angular nose, after the car was snapped on a marketing shoot in Spain.

    Although the AMG grille is a variation of that featured elsewhere, the headlights haven’t appeared on Mercedes-Benz roadsters before, and the tail lights look like a blend of the current GT and CLS units.

    There’s very little to link it with the current SL from the outside, although its badge is one of the best-known names in motoring.

    Unlike its predecessors, the next SL has been developed exclusively by AMG.

    The shell consists of a mix of aluminium, steel, magnesium and fibre composites, which together create “the highest possible rigidity in conjunction with low weight”.

    Mercedes states the torsional stiffness of the body structure has increased by 18 per cent over the previous SL.

    As for the engines? The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL450 and Mercedes-AMG SL53 will reportedly use a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine with EQ Boost 48V systems.

    The higher-spec Mercedes-AMG SL500 and Mercedes-AMG SL63 are set to use the familiar twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

    A 48V electrical system and mild-hybrid system is likely to appear, too.

    Inside, the 2022 SL features a portrait-oriented 11.9-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system, which can be adjusted electrically for either a more slanted or upright orientation.

    While much of the MBUX system is similar to the S-Class, Mercedes-AMG has included some of its own specific content like Performance and Track Pace menus.

    Ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that’s been integrated into the dash, instead of being a free-standing unit, to help prevent reflections caused by sunlight.

    There’s an available head-up display, as well as ambient interior lighting with up to 64 selectable colours and a Burmester sound system.

    Moving to the rear, there’s a second row of seats for the first time in several generations. The company says they’ll accommodate people up to 1.5m tall.

    If you’re not using them, there’s a draught-stop to help reduce draughts for front-seat occupants. The SL has also ditched its retractable hardtop for a conventional soft-top.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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