2016 Mercedes-Benz SL

New Mercedes-Benz SL teased: LA debut for revised roadster

2016 Mercedes-Benz SLMercedes-Benz will debut a revised SL roadster at the 2015 LA Motor Show next week, and has today teased the new car with a moody preview shot.

The firm isn’t saying much about the new SL at this stage, other than confirming it’s a facelift rather than an all-new car.

It’s a “new appearance for an automotive icon,” says Mercedes-Benz. “The SL with a new front and diamond grille.”

It’ll get its “world premiere at the LA Auto Show”. And, for now, that’s it. So let’s get our specs out and compare the new car with the current one.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL

Differences? Well, it’s amazing what a new front bumper and grille can do. The new car has more sculptural air intakes, a crisper grille and the lovely Mercedes-Benz diamond grille, giving it a much-needed dose of Mercedes-AMG GT cool.

Headlights are the same shape but have modern new LED innards, and Mercedes-Benz has also smoothed out the shape of the grille itself.

As for the rest of it, we’ll have to wait and see. The SL was only recently treated to a new fuel-saving six-cylinder 3.0-litre twin-turbo SL 400 model, sitting below the classic V8 SL 500 and snorty SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG duo: new engines are thus unlikely.

What it probably will do is sharpen the suspension, overhaul the interior and blend in latest-gen infotainment and connectivity systems. Next week, we’ll find out all.