The existing SL-Class underwent a reasonable number of changes, consisting of updated appearances, a modification of name for the base model, a brand-new transmission for the AMG model, increase power in the SL550, and some tweaks to its standard features. With all these modifications still fresh, we anticipate the 2018 SL-Class to be a carryover model.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Design
As a carryover, we anticipate no noticeable modifications to the SL-Class’ exterior. It’ll continue with the 2017 model’s new look, which is still rather fresh. Inside, the elegant and well-put-together cabin will also continue unchanged.
Because there are no visual modifications, we likewise anticipate no changes to the 2018 SL-Class’ feature list. If this is true, then search for the SL450 (the base model) to come standard with 19-inch wheels, a power wind blocker, LED headlights and daytime running lights, auto high beams, a breathtaking sunroof, front and rear parking sensing units, keyless entry and ignition, and more.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Engine
With nothing else altering, we anticipate the 4 versions of the SL-Class to carry the exact same powertrains as the present model. The base SL450 will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 362 horse power and 369 pound-feet of torque. The SL550 will add a 4.7-liter turbocharged V8 with 449 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. The AMG SL63 will carry a 5.5-liter turbo V8 with 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the range-topping AMG SL65 will use a 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
The non-AMG models will continue to use the new-for-2017 nine-speed automobile transmission, while the AMGs will carry on with the seven-speed auto.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Safety
The IIHS didn’t test the SL-Class for safety, however we expect it to be plenty safe. This is particularly true considering its standard forward accident alert and automatic emergency situation braking and other innovative safety features.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Release Date and Price
There is no main kickoff date for the SL-Class’ release, however we anticipate it to begin rolling down the assembly line in June 2017. This would likely give us a July or August 2017 arrival on dealer lots.
With no modifications in the works, the 2018 SL-Class’ rates need to nearly imitate the 2017 model’s series of $87,875 to $222,745 (consisting of destination and gas-guzzler tax).
There is not much direct competitors for the SL-Class, however some possible options include the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and Bentley Continental.