The present SL-Class went through a reasonable variety of changes, including updated appearances, a modification of name for the base model, a new transmission for the AMG model, boost power in the SL550, and some tweaks to its basic features. With all these changes still fresh, we anticipate the 2018 SL-Class to be a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect no obvious modifications to the SL-Class’ outside. It’ll continue with the 2017 model’s new look, which is still quite fresh. Inside, the elegant and well-put-together cabin will also continue the same.
Given that there are no visual changes, we likewise expect no modifications to the 2018 SL-Class’ feature list. If this holds true, then try to find the SL450 (the base model) to come standard with 19-inch wheels, a power wind blocker, LED headlights and daytime running lights, car high beams, a scenic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, and more.
With nothing else altering, we expect the four versions of the SL-Class to bring the very same powertrains as the present model. The base SL450 will include a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 362 horse power 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 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 continue with the seven-speed auto.
The IIHS didn’t check the SL-Class for security, however we anticipate it to be plenty safe. This is specifically true considering its standard forward accident alert and automatic emergency situation braking and other innovative security features.
There is no official kickoff date for the SL-Class’ release, however we anticipate it to start rolling down the assembly line in June 2017. This would likely give us a July or August 2017 arrival on dealership lots.
With no modifications in the works, the 2018 SL-Class’ prices must almost mimic the 2017 model’s variety of $87,875 to $222,745 (consisting of location and gas-guzzler tax).
There is very little direct competition for the SL-Class, but some possible options consist of the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, and Bentley Continental.