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Crunchy, more elegant, sportier – this is how Mercedes wants to build on old successes
Computer drawing: Reichel Car Design This is how the next Mercedes SL could look
Site author Stefan Grundhoff
The last few years, when the Mercedes SL was only a shadow of itself, should be over from 2020. The new SL should be what it has been since the 1950s: noble, luxurious and desirable. Daimler also slim down his convertible program.
From 2020, Mercedes not only takes a new Mercedes SL to the customers who can finally look forward to an electric fabric roof again. The practical, but anything but chic folding roof is then a thing of the past. In addition, the Mercedes SL returns to its roots, becomes lighter and noble. But it is not done with a new SL. The Daimler managers want to significantly tighten the in-house portfolio of the topless models.
Mercedes clears his convertible segment significantly
The luxurious S-Class Cabriolet should not get a successor from 2020 with the introduction of the upcoming top model. The increasingly smaller number of convertibles between the individual models fragments too much. While other manufacturers have reduced their portfolio of mobile sun terraces to a minimum in recent years, the Stuttgarters expanded this significantly in 2016. In addition to the less successful Mercedes SL, the Swabians offer open versions of Smart Fortwo, C, E and S-Class as well as Mercedes SLC, Maybach G-Class Landaulet and AMG GT. For a long time, an open version of the entry-level model Mercedes A-Class was even in conversation, which was ultimately overturned.
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It should hardly remain with the end of the open S-Class, because the Mercedes SLC as the successor to the SLK is more a relic from the late 90s, which Daimler could do without. The open versions of C and E-Class are positioned too close together and take away the few interested parties. Here a model would be enough for four people and in view of the space and price level, a lot speaks for the continuation of the open E-Class. If you want it noble in the future, you will get in the 2+2-seat Mercedes SL. If you like it uncompromisingly sporty and alone for two, you will sit down in the AMG GT Roadster, whose successor should be positioned in a sporty direction McLaren and Ferrari.
The SL – Prachtmobil of the 50s
In the late 1950s, the 300 SL became the elegant, sporty magnificent mobile of the beautiful and rich, which were happy to help themselves in the sun and public. The open Mercedes 300 SL, especially with a view to the American market, derived from the spectacular wing door, heralded a success story that is second to none in the car industry. The emphasized sporty W198 started; The much more feminine W 121 followed and after the Pagoden Roadster (W 113) the Mercedes SL (meaning for sports light or super easy) was at the latest with the SL of the R 107 series built between 1971 and 1989 to the chrome-plated design icon.
SP-X/Benjamin Bessinger Not an original, but still impressive: replica of the Mercedes 300 SL of the US racing driver Paul O’Shea
To date, it is one of the most beautiful roadsters that have ever been produced; Crowned with the US-proposed top model SL 560. Just like the four-door Mercedes S-Class, the SL was always a sign of its time. Just like the angular R 129 series with the indestructible plastic charm that was created for eternity. The successor generation of the R 230 was elegant and stuffed with high-tech, which delighted his fans in particular before the introduction of the glass building block headlights.
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Build on old successes through sporty- elegant design
The current Mercedes SL of the R 231 series is less innovation carrier than its predecessors and in terms of design, especially from the outside, a shadow of himself. Since then, the sales figures have been stumbling without great amplitudes and the average age of the drivers is probably well over 60 years. The pale optics got better after the model maintenance, but the open versions, S-Class and AMG GT Roadster made the top-withoutthlete in the wide Daimler portfolio more unnecessary than ever.
Dino Eisele / Daimler Mercedes 280 SL Pagoda W 113
With the successor, Mercedes wants to build on the old successes of the sun worshiper from 2020. The shapes become crisp, elegant and sportier. In itself, it would have been offered years ago to make the newly created Mercedes AMG GT / GT Roadster the SL of modern times – as once in the 50s / 1960s – and then just open. But the decisions were repeatedly delayed, AMG was to be strengthened and so the SL parked unpopular between the chairs. Find out here how much your used car is worth: for purists, the descent began in 2002 as Mercedes for the first time with a varioach. The folding roof, a big trend of the late 90s and early 2000s, is smiled at by many convertible and roadster fans to this day. The overly opulent back of the Mercedes SL could still be exceeded in the generation of the R 230. However, the SL has become more than 1.8 tons over the years. The current SL, at least around 150 kilograms at the end of 2011, has only become very common with the elegant eyes of the past decades. The lines in the style of the predecessor are too pale and inconspicuous.
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The engine spectrum currently offers six, eight and twelve cylinders with services between 367 and 630 hp. It should also remain with the successor with slight estates. All models should get the 48-volt sector network from the revised Mercedes S-Class as well as high-performance six, eight and twelve cylinders with nine-step machines and performance in abundance. Already in the previous generation there had been considerations to offer the SL with a hybrid module and on the other hand as an all -wheel drive version. As is well known, many of the customers drive the Mercedes SL as a year -round model. The hybridization should be done with the standard 48-volt technology until an electrical sports car with roadster derivative could be implemented in the medium term via the Submarke EQ. But the all -wheel drive seems to be set in the new SL despite the 55 kilograms of additional weight.
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