All-New Mercedes-Benz SL To Bow In 2020, Go Hybrid With Next AMG GT Parts

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL will be a radical departure from the current model and is set to receive a significant amount of input from the performance specialists at AMG.

It’s no secret that sales of the current SL have been steadily declining. Rather than killing off its luxury roadster, the automaker plans to reinvent it and position it as a more driver-focused model and one more similar to the AMG GT than the current iteration, according to Autocar Autocar.

Underpinning the new SL, which is set to arrive in 2020, will be the marque’s Modular Sports Architecture (MSA), also set to be utilized by the next AMG GT. This common platform will also see the new SL shares its suspension, axles, and steering system with the GT. Additionally, the duo will utilize a 48-volt electric architecture and a range of hybrid powertrains.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL550

The entry-level version is expected to be dubbed the SL450 EQ Boost and will allegedly use the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six already powering other Mercedes models supplemented by a small electric motor with 22 hp. Total grunt will sit at roughly 387 hp.

Joining the SL450 EQ Boost with be the AMG-branded SL53. This model will feature largely the same powertrain, but deliver closer to 450 hp. Other models in the works will be an SL500 EQ Boost combining a turbo’d 4.0-liter V8 with an electric motor, a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8-powered SL 63 and, maybe, a more powerful SL 63 S variant. It’s unclear if the V12-powered SL 63 will solider on.

Due to the vehicle’s all-new underpinnings, its design will be a little different than the current SL. It will reportedly feature a rearward-positioned cabin and the existing folding hard-top will be replaced by a compact fabric roof. This change alone will allow Mercedes designers to make the car much sleeker and lower its center of gravity.

Rendering by Giorgi Tedoradze

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  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    It should keep the hardtop and add 2 small seats behind otherwise it won’t differ much in the market. It should be a competitor to Ferrari Portofino

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Steps on the S-Class Cabrio’s toes.

      • Astonman

        Sounds like they want to step on the toes of the AMG GT

      • Merc1

        S-Class Cabrio is going away.

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    • CaradviceReader

      Well said. Way too many soft tops nowadays. If this SL does become another one, there is going to be many overlaps in C E S convertibles and AMG GT roadsters – they are all soft tops.

    • adbt20

      I mostly agree with you sit, 2 rear seats good idea!

      But the single most important thing –perhaps the only thing that matters at this point– is the looks. If it is to be desirable, it should look beautiful and elegant and sexy.
      This means low trunk line, which is easier with soft top.

      I hope they don’t give it a fat ass like Ferrari California & Portofino, and most modern cars actually.

  • They should take Conti GT and DB11 on how to made successful GT for comparison.

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