The All-New 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
With a teaser photo released in mid-November, quickly followed by dozens of additional images, we all knew the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class would look different from its predecessors. However, we didn’t know much more than that until its debut at the L.A. Auto Show. This gave us a peek under the hood and a list of new features to look forward to. Here’s what the new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has to offer.
Four Distinct Models
Four different trim levels will be available in the 2017 SL-Class. Keeping track of all the numbers can be tricky, especially when comparing features, so we’ve listed them in order from the base model upwards.
- SL 450 (replacing the SL440)
- SL 550
- AMG® SL 63
- AMG® SL 65
Each model received an upgrade that accords it a place in the hierarchy. You’ll find the best upgrades on the AMG® SL 65, but even the SL 450 has undergone some significant changes — including to its engine.
Impressive Power Under the Hood
While each SL model has retained the engine from its previous incarnation, the SL 450 has improved. With the 2017 model of its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine, its horsepower will increase from 329 to 362 and its torque from 354 lb-ft to 369 lb-ft. The other engines are as follows:
- SL 550: Twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 / 449 hp and 516 lb-ft
- AMG® SL 63: Twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 / 577 hp and 664 lb-ft
- AMG® SL 65: Twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 / 621 hp and 738 lb-ft
As you can see, all four models pack some serious power under their hoods. Each engine will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and a drive selector that is located on the console instead of near the steering wheel.
Improved Safety and Control
All 2017 SL-Class trims will feature Mercedes-Benz driver assistance technology, including those listed below. Keep in mind, though, that some will be standard and others optional, depending on the specific model you choose.
- Adaptive cruise-control
- Traffic jam assistant
- Automatic braking
- Lane keeping assist
- Parking assist
- Blind spot and cross-traffic warning
- Pre-Safe Plus system
The Dynamic Select system gives the driver control over engine, transmission, suspension, and steering settings. You’ll be able to choose from options that include fuel-saving and sport modes.
Incredible Comfort and Convenience
Like previous models of the SL-Class convertible, the 2017 class is designed with your comfort in mind. AirScarf technology will keep you nice and toasty while driving with the top down. You will also enjoy the adaptive suspension system — especially if you opt for the Active Body Control, which adjusts the suspension to keep passengers from moving too much when starting, stopping, and turning.
Other interior updates include the following:
- Three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel with ergonomic grip
- Steering wheel control buttons for instrument cluster, audio system, and more
- Redesigned clock
- Slightly larger infotainment screen
- Apple CarPlay
This superior driving experience will be available in Spring 2016 when the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is officially released to the public. The price has not yet been finalized, but with all that the new SL-Class has to offer, it may not matter much. Convertible lovers across the United States will find it hard to turn this model down.