The next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will be tailor-made for drivers. The 2020 SL will most likely be lighter and faster compared to the current SL. It is expected to arrive in 2020. This eighth-generation will focus on a more engaging experience and make drivers grin ear-to-ear when they step into the driver’s seat
The 2020 Mercedes SL will be based on an all-new platform. Called the Modular Sports Architecture (MSA) structure, it will be an aluminum-intensive platform that will underpin the future AMG GT as well. The new SL and GT will be built alongside each other at Mercedes’ Sindelfingen plant in Germany
Key elements of the SL will be shared with the successor model to AMG GT.
This is to cut the costs and increase the profitability of both the cars. As for the part-sharing, the two will share steering systems, axle assemblies, electric architecture, suspension, and hybrid drivetrains, among other components.
Earlier, the SL was spotted riding on the S-Class Coupe’s platform. Although not much was figured out back then, the car was apparently running on a transaxle arrangement paired to a dual-clutch gearbox, where the power was sent to the rear wheels.
The dimensions are expected to be larger than the current-gen SL, which measures 4,630 mm in length, 1,870 mm in width, and 1,310 mm in height. Speaking with Autocar, a source said that the eighth-gen Mercedes SL will get a longer bonnet and more a rearward-positioned cabin. “The new platform has given us more freedom. There’s more distance between the front axle and the front firewall. This gives it more traditional proportions,” the source told Autocar.
The big news is that the soft-top is set to make a return after two generation of folding.
This makes the rear look much better than the last two iterations. “It’s much more shapely, especially at the rear, because it is no longer dictated in height and width for the packaging of the hard-top roof,” the source said.