It's been a while since we've had an SL that we could get excited about.
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class had been overshadowed for the last few years by the sportier AMG GT, the new S-Class and EQS and a selection of uberluxurious Maybachs. But its time has finally come. In the last few months we've seen spy shots of the new eighth-generation SL, its interior and a full-on leak.
We know that it will return to its roots with the soft top, but also progress with all-wheel drive. It will have small seats in the back and eclipse its predecessor in every way. And now we've found out that the new convertible will premiere on October 28 at 10 am EST.
The new teaser photo doesn't really show us anything we haven't seen, except for maybe the ambient light. It all looks very symmetric with the turbine-style air vents and center stack. That 11.9-inch portrait-style screen's angle is adjustable for when reflections get bad with the top down.
Everything else is new too, including the slim seats and several trim options. Mercedes also said this car would bend toward its roots as a lightweight sports car, which is why we're getting the soft top as opposed to the retractable hard top.
For now all we can do is guess on engine choices, but we'd assume its twin-turbo V8 will make an appearance several times, as will its super-smooth I6/EQ Boost combo. The top of the range will be hybridized and will probably make near 800 hp with an electric motor from one of its EQ cars.
The reveal will be simulcast on its social channels, think YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and we'll be seeing it at the same time as you. So check back next week for the full story, hopefully specs and possibly a price. We wouldn't be surprised if the company held back on any news of a monstrous, range-topping hybrid.