The present SL-Class went through a reasonable number of modifications, including updated looks, a change of name for the base model, a new transmission for the AMG model, boost power in the SL550, and some tweaks to its standard features. With all these changes still fresh, we anticipate the 2018 SL-Class to be a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect no noticeable changes 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 likewise continue unchanged.
Given that there are no visual modifications, we also expect no changes to the 2018 SL-Class’ feature list. If this is true, then look for the SL450 (the base model) to come standard with 19-inch wheels, a power wind blocker, LED headlights and daytime running lights, automobile high beams, a breathtaking sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, and more.
With nothing else altering, we anticipate the four versions of the SL-Class to bring the very same powertrains as the present model. The base SL450 will come with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The SL550 will include 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. Lastly, the range-topping AMG SL65 will utilize 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 vehicle transmission, while the AMGs will continue with the seven-speed vehicle.
The IIHS didn’t test the SL-Class for security, but we expect it to be plenty safe. This is specifically true considering its basic forward crash alert and automatic emergency situation braking and other advanced safety features.
There is no official kickoff date for the SL-Class’ release, but we expect it to start rolling down the assembly line in June 2017. This would likely offer us a July or August 2017 arrival on dealer lots.
Without any modifications in the works, the 2018 SL-Class’ rates need to nearly simulate the 2017 model’s range of $87,875 to $222,745 (consisting of location and gas-guzzler tax).
There is not much direct competition for the SL-Class, however some possible alternatives consist of the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and Bentley Continental.