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2022 Mercedes-Benz SL: price, specs and release date

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2022 Mercedes SL cabin

Mercedes has revealed pictures of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL's luxurious interior.

The range flagship is weighed down with expensive looking materials and gets high-tech kit, here's the latest we have on Mercedes' most luxurious soft top. 

2022 Mercedes SL dashboard
Luxurious cabin? Check

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL latest news

Official pictures have revealed the luxurious interior of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL, which features a 2+2 configuration, with two smaller seats sitting behind the huge chairs in front. The pictures also reveal that the new SL gets a massive infotainment screen – much like the one seen in the new S-Class, only in the SL it's adjustable – and a high-definition 12.3-inch digital cockpit.

The symmetrical instrument panel, meanwhile, has been inspired by the world of aviation with a wing-like shape broken into upper and lower sections housing pretty galvanised, turbine-style air vents that stitch the top and bottom parts of the dashboard together. The middle of the control panel is left to neatly flow into the centre console. 

2022 Mercedes SL dash and infotainment screen
Whats better than a big screen? A big screen that moves

Its thick chrome bezel mimics the shape of a NACA air duct from the world of motorsport and houses the 11.9-inch portrait style infotainment screen, which has an adjustable angle to avoid reflections when the SL's roof is lowered. It will be operated using Mercedes' MBUX operating system and has displays for performance and track times.

The flowing style of the interior is seen on the insides of the doors, too, where the two-tone leather of the dashboard is mirrored perfectly. Mercedes says the door cards are 'designed as a sensual layered topography'... We're not sure exactly what that means but they certainly look nice and if you go for the Burmeister stereo, you get the company's trademark intricately designed metal speaker covers. 

You can enjoy all this from front seats that – unlike the back seats – are set to be some of the most comfortable in the business. They're apparently designed to appear lighter and less voluminous than they actually are and the headrests are integrated, sports-car style, into the seats. Expect the seats to have heating, cooling and massaging functions and to be able to blow warm air down the back of your neck. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz SL camouflage profile
A soft top roof means the new SL can have a sleek rear end to complement its acre-long bonnet

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL price and release date

Our official 'spy' pics of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL undergoing final testing – just the latest in a steady drip of information on the daddy of all Mercedes models – suggest the car's release is just weeks away. 

The SL has always carried a premium over rivals from Jaguar (the F-Type is yours from £65,000), while undercutting high-end competition from the likes of the £175,000 Bentley Continental GT Convertible and £150,000 Aston Martin DB11 Volante. In fact, it's closest challenge comes in the form of the £80,000 BMW 8 Series Convertible, so you can expect to pay about the same for the SL rising to well over £100,000 for a top-spec model.

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL styling

When you're paying more than £80,000 for a posh convertible, needless to say, style matters – which could explain why the 2022 Mercedes SL, unlike the two models that preceded it, shuns a hardtop roof for a soft-top design. 

Designers love a canvas roof because it's significantly neater to package than a bulky hardtop that tends to give cars a flabby rear end. 

Indeed, the SL looks relatively svelte, for what is traditionally a big bruiser of a GT, thanks to a rear end that tapers down in a similar way to the more-focussed AMG GT supercar.

Normal service resumes in the form of a bonnet so long it could sit across two continents. It should have no issues accommodating the SL's large engines, allowing engineers to sit them low in the chassis and far behind the front axle for excellent (front-mid) weight distribution. 

Meanwhile, a recognisable face comes courtesy of a Panamericana grille which has found itself plastered to the front of numerous hot Mercedes. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz SL chassis
A high-tech all-new chassis will underpin the SL

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL design

The 2022 Mercedes SL gets all new construction that the firm is particularly proud of, sending us a picture of the car's skeleton to prove it. 

It's been designed from scratch to accommodate a 2+2 design (two full-sized seats with a pair of occasional/kids seats behind), as well as internal combustion and a plug-in electric drivetrain using a combination of an aluminium space frame and a self-supporting structure. 

As well as aluminium, its structure contains lightweight magnesium and composites while the bits that need to be really tough – the window frame and pop up rollover hoops – are constructed from hot form tubular steel. The result is a car that is relatively light but also very rigid. 

In fact, it's chassis tips the scales at 270kg yet is 18% more rigid than the outgoing car, with transverse and longitudinal rigidity that is 50 and 40%, respectively, higher than the more overtly sporty AMG GT Roadster. 

What do these figures mean? Well you can expect the SL to suffer from less scuttle and shake –  unerring cabin creaks and rattles, and wobbles through the steering wheel – convertibles suffer from but also to steer with more precision and handle bumps better. 

The high-tech body, the fact that this is the first SL to be developed by AMG – Mercedes performance wing – and news that final testing will take place at the Nurburgring, raises the possibility of this being the first truly sporty SL. 

2021 Mercedes SL camouflage rear
Hierarchy is defined by exhausts – entry models get a single pair, performance versions get four.

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL engines

You'll be able to choose to have your 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL from a variety of six, eight and 12-cylinder engines with mild-hybrid technology, plus there will be a petrol-electric PHEV option. 

Four-wheel drive (Mercedes calls it 4Matic+) will be an option for the first time, shared with the E63 it'll allow you to flick between two and four-wheel. You can expect the SL to drive through a nine-speed automatic gearbox that delivers smooth shifts when cruising and quick changes when you're going for a blast.

The range will kick off with the SL43. It will use the same twin-turbocharged V6 as is found in the C43 and E53 – tuned to produce around 400PS - and will get the SL from 0-62mph in under five seconds and – if the C and E-Class are anything to go by – produce a rich six-cylinder howl when doing it. 

Further up the range you'll find the SL500 and SL63 with twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8s producing around 500PS and 600PS respectively, while later in the model's life it seems likely that you'll be able to have a version of the turbine-smooth 610PS 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 fitted to the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

Got too much of a conscience for a V12 that swallows fuel like a blue whale gulps sea water? Then you'll also be able to choose from a petrol-electric hybrid, which uses an electrified version of the 4.0-litre V8 with an EV motor that pushes power up to 800PS. As well as being blindingly quick, it will also have a short electric-only range, making it very cheap to run on local journeys. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior
The SL's interior will feature much of the same tech seen here in the new S-Class

2022 Mercedes-Benz SL interior

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL will get a sportier version of the interior found in the Mercedes S-Class so you can expect it to be dominated by a huge centre touchscreen, with a digital display taking the place of conventional dials. It'll feel sportier inside than the big saloon, however, with feature-point turbine air vents and a seating position that's significantly lower than the transmission tunnel that runs between the two front seats.

Much like the S-Class, Mercedes likes to use the SL to feature new tech that will eventually trickle down to the rest of the range – features like Mercedes' AirCurtain that blows hot air down the back of your neck when the roof's down – so expect the new model to get never-before-seen toys.

Quality, meanwhile, will be very high, with most surfaces trimmed in leather and a large range of trim finishes for you to choose from. 

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