• Jan 14, 2010
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL – Click above for high-res image gallery

On the opening day of the Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a carbonite sculpture depicting its future design direction, featuring two major elements set to infect the rest of the automaker's line up.

The first is the massive SLS AMG-inspired fascia with its Flava-Flav-sized three-pointed sta,r and the second was a set of exaggerated rear fenders pulled from the E-Class. Although the sculpture was likely a teaser of the forthcoming CLS update, Mercedes is actively working on incorporating these new design details into the rest of its line and here we see the first recipient.

While the SL just underwent a refresh in 2008, the former flagship coupe/convertible was caught cold weather testing in Scandinavia wearing M-B's new fascia, gaping maw and mammoth logo. The prototype headlamps don't divulge much, but they're more upright than the current units and don't appear to stretch as far back onto the fenders. The hood is completely covered in plastic cladding, so it's safe to assume that a few more ridges and creases will be added to tie the SL's styling to the SLS', and the camo-clad rear fenders are a clear indication that the upswept and extruded blisters seen on the E are set to arrive on the SL. Considering the CLS replacement is likely to arrive at the Geneva Motor Show this March, we'd suspect that the revised SL will debut later in the year, so the smart money's on a Frankfurt rollout.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      1) are they really going to destroy the classy and classic design of the original R230 SL even MORE than they did with the last facelift??

      2.) I thought an all- new redesigned SL was on the way?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Maxima front end to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They had to do something because the current SL failed miserable.
      I have not seen anyone buy one.
      That front end with those weird angular lights just looks terrible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oddly, I see a ton of them everywhere. Could the lower sales numbers be due to the economy and not so much due to the redesign?

        I hated the new SL's headlights when they came out and now they've grown on me and actually look good now that I see them everywhere. Kind of CLS-ish and now not resembling the older lowly C-Class.

        The old round/twin-bubble headlights (which I used to really like) now look dated to me.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes should release it just like that, with the camo on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the camo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would like to see a V6 (SL350) for sale here in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like its going to have a BIIIIIGGGG logo on the front grill!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting. I don't want to take the time to look up pricing, but does anyone else think that the SLS and this new SL are stepping on each other's toes a bit? Of course there isn't an "entry level" SLS, but at the top end of the SL range, I can't imagine anyone not going for the high style, gull-wing doors and the pure sex appeal of the SLS instead, especially if they share some visual cues. Oh well, used SLs are a bargain. I can't wait to buy the low-end model five years from now for half price. Yay!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt the SLS and the SL would normally be cross-shopped (unless as you mentioned, at the very top end of the SL range...SL-65 / Black series)

        With dealer gouging and limited numbers, expect the SLS to fetch much higher prices initially anyway. SLS buyers probably already have an SL in their garage anyway (which their hot wife drives)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think there is a Frankfurt Motor Show this year. It's every other year, isn't it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is a bad move. I love the new SLS, but I think the SL would have been better off without inheriting the SLS nose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That badge is just TOO DAMN BIG!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there will be an all new SL by '12, unless Daimler changed their decision.. Normally the life cycle of Mercs is 7 years, the SL got a second facelift cause it was still selling alright..

      The back section looks different from the current one, so I hope this it's completely redeveloped..

      Oh and evalio mentioned it, no Frankfurt this year.. Paris maybe?
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