• Jun 29, 2010
2012 Mercedes-Benz SL spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

With all the hype surrounding the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, it's easy to forget that the SL and SLK roadsters are still a crucial part of the automaker's lineup. We've seen the next generation of the baby SLK out testing, and now our spies have caught a larger 2012 SL mule out and about.

Up front, the more upright fascia with the dinner plate-sized Three-Pointed Star logo is the biggest change, as are the revised headlamps, which seem to be less angular than the ones found on the current SL. Looking below, we can see that LED running light strips have been fitted at the lower air intakes (something that's quickly becoming standard equipment across the automaker's portfolio), and out back, the triangular taillamps have been smoothed out a bit.

Our crafty spy photographers have also managed to get a glimpse inside the new SL. A new sport steering wheel is in place, and even though we don't have the photographic proof, we're told that the rest of the interior (center console, etc.) is akin to the new design found in the SLS AMG. Fine by us.

Click through the gallery below to see the full set of high-res Mercedes-Benz SL spy shots.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's something almost IROC-Z about it when it's all clad up like that. And I like it. Can I get it with the plastic body panels?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man with that much plastic on it's got to kill the aerodynamics. Hood looks like an oversized Rubbermaid lid, lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The wheels are doing their fair share, too...
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car would actually pass for a Chrysler without any changes at all.

        and while it's not good for aero, many Chryslers have pretend features which are bad aero.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I take it this is just another restyling of the SL that we've had since the beginning of the decade? If it is, then I hope they don't make it uglier again (like they did with the last major refresh).

      As it stands, the first iteration of this model (with the conjoined ovoid headlamps) makes my list for "cars I will eventually have in my garage." Third on the list after a DB9 and a GranTurismo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Mercedes' take on retro.

      Those interior vents are enough to excite me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that hood is gangster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this will look like much more like the SLS that bred a SLR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Mercedes, can I please have back the roof to my Rubbermaid shed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that's a dumpster lid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WoW...What a car...Hatsoff to the one who designed it...is that a factory made or custom designed?


      Michelle
      http://www.atmcash.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definately heading in the right direction with the design. I have noticed slight differences over the years, and they are molding it into a cleaner, sleeker looking vehicle.

      http://www.autotransportprices.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who knew there were other uses for the leftover '09 Chrysler Sebring hoods?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I knew it! Saw this thing in laguna nigel last weekend, woulda given chase but I had more pressing concerns
      • 4 Years Ago
      needs more hood strakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, Mercedes Benz has made hiding prototypes a art form. The headlights kinda look in the direction of the SLS.
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