Here's Your First Glimpse Inside The Next-Gen Mercedes SL

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The cabin appears to takes cues from the new S-Class.

The next-generation 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is currently under development having been officially teased a few months ago. Mercedes pitched the new SL as "returning to its roots," hinting at a sportier roadster than the model it will replace. Much is still unknown about the new SL, but there are a few things we are aware of. For starters, this SL is being co-developed by the AMG department alongside the next-generation AMG GT.

We also know that the SL will ditch its folding hardtop roof in favor of a fabric one. And now some new spy shots taken outside of the Nurburgring provide a better view of the car's silhouette without the additional black cover. These same shots also give us our first glimpse of the interior.

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The shots didn't reveal the entire cabin and were taken from far away, but act as our first peek inside the new SL. We can clearly spot a large central touchscreen like the one found in the new S-Class cabin. Unlike the S-Class, though, it looks like the SL's gauge cluster will be more contoured and integrated into the dashboard rather than looking like a tablet tacked on in front of the driver. We also spotted sporty round air vents surrounding the touchscreen that could be unique to the SL and GT.

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The next-generation SL is also expected to have small but usable rear seats. This new SL has the significant role of replacing the old model, as well as the discontinued S-Class Coupe and Convertible, which were both four-seaters.

As with any new Mercedes model, the new SL will pack a variety of engines ranging from a 435 horsepower inline-six to an SL63 variant with a 612 hp twin-turbo V8. AMG is also expected to introduce a new SL73 model with an electric motor and V8 combination, yielding over 800 hp. A reveal should take place next year, followed by the next-generation GT.

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