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Returning the 2019 SL to greatness?

Calling the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-class a sports car is only telling half the story: It's a compelling blend of passenger comfort and driving excitement. It's more than competent on a twisty road, and both of its available powertrains—a 362-hp V-6 and a 449-hp V-8—provide plenty of forward thrust. Drop the top, select Comfort mode, and switch on the optional massaging seats; it's a luxury car that just happens to resemble a low-slung sports car. It's even practical, sporting a much larger trunk than many of its rivals and a folding hardtop that, when up, keeps the cabin serene. Even though it's aging, it still looks as good at speed as it does when parked at the front of the valet line, and its dual personality makes it perfect for a glamorous night on the town.

What's New for 2019?
Mercedes-Benz has made exactly zero changes to the 2019 SL-class lineup. However, the company did release information that suggests that the 2020 model year will be the final run of production for this generation of the venerable grand tourer, marked by a special Grand Edition model. An all-new SL-class is expected to debut in 2020 or 2021.
Sounds like my '55. BUT mine is nicer but changes maybe for the last model run in 2020?

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The Next Mercedes-Benz SL Will Attempt to Return the Once-Legendary Roadster to Greatness

Mercedes-Benz is working on the next generation of its iconic SL-class roadster, and here is what we know about it.
The new model will switch to a platform based loosely on the AMG GT, and will offer both inline-six and V-8 engine options.
Debuting in 2021 as a 2022 model, the new SL will start just under $100,000.
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL will be an attempt to restore the once-legendary Benz roadster to its former luster by way of a fabric top and small but usable rear seats.

Fully developed by AMG in Affalterbach, the next-gen SL will be based on a stretched and thoroughly updated version of the architecture beneath the two-seat AMG GT, which itself goes back to the gullwinged SLS AMG. Seems fitting. And yet this reinvention will be more in the spirit of a grand tourer for two reasons: Mercedes needs to differentiate it from the GT roadster, and the SL will eventually replace the S-class cabriolet.

Sadly, the new car won't get the outgoing SL's 12-cylinder, which Mercedes silently removed from the order sheet in mid-2018, but turbocharged straight-sixes and V-8s with 48-volt hybrid assistance will ensure that the SL doesn't lack for power or torque.

The SL is far enough from its past glories that it's about to start appearing in daytime TV commercials opposite generic cartoon characters. But as the descendant of the 300SL Gullwing, it wears one of the brand's, if not the automotive world's, greatest nameplates. In other words, it only matters as love does, or as do sunny days with the sound of children at play. Sales of the current SL have tanked. The next one needs to be less homely. But even that might not be enough; by the time the car comes out, the global audience for big traditional convertibles might all fit into a single four-seat SL.

It will be unveiled in 2021 as a 2022 model. Six-cylinder versions will begin just under $100,000.

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