Slick new Mercedes-Benz SL revealed in LA

Mercedes-Benz has given its classy SL roadster a mid-life facelift that was unveiled at the recent LA Motor Show. The convertible will go on sale in the UK during April 2016, and its updates aren’t purely aesthetic.

The visual changes are evident at the front where the outgoing model’s grille gains a new diamond look. The firm’s crest sits proudly at its centre, and on each side there are uprated LED headlamps that draw inspiration from the S-Class plus integrated daytime running lights. One-piece tail lights are another new addition, and AMG variants include fins within the bumper alongside squared-off quad exhausts. Finishing the look are a host of paint options that now include Brilliant Blue and Designo Selenite Grey Mango.

There will be the option to select your preferred upholstery and trim finish to match the exterior, while ambient lighting sets a relaxing tone before each journey. The rearranged instrument cluster has a sporty feel and lets you easily track the output of the SL’s various powerful engines.

The entry model is the SL 400 which benefits from a 35bhp boost to 362bhp. The 0-60mph charge takes less than five seconds using a new nine-speed automatic gearbox which is standard-fit in the SL 400 and SL 500. The range-toppers are the AMG SL 63 and SL 65 which pair up with a seven-speed auto box.

For extra convenience the hard-top folding roof that defines the SL can be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 25mph. When stored away it can even be angled by up to 25 degrees for easier access to luggage.

Full specification details won’t be revealed until 2016 but you can be one of the first to learn about them with Lancaster Mercedes-Benz. Return to our news pages soon for more from the brand.