After a full redesign in 2013, the iconic Mercedes-Benz SL roadster was due for a little nip-and-tuck, and that's precisely what Mercedes rolled out at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL receives a moderate restyling, giving it a bit more sleek aggression that is reminiscent of the high-performance AMG GT. A larger grille and air inlets up front, along with slightly modified headlights give this refresh just enough of an update to differentiate it from the previous year, but it's still unmistakably an SL.
Changes to the cabin are subtle, with a new steering wheel, a larger infotainment screen and slightly remodeled seats. More significant revisions are related to the SL's mechanicals. The SL450 replaces the SL400 as the base model and gets a boost in output from 329 horsepower to 362 hp. The SL550 also gains more power; from 429 hp to 449 hp. These two SL models now come with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Active Body Control (ABC), which is standard on SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG variants, now feature a "curve tilting" function that reduces the sensation of body roll while cornering. This suspension can also raise the car's ride height to clear steep driveways or rougher roads.
Rounding out the changes for 2017 is the ability to deploy or stow the folding hardtop at speeds up to 25 mph and an automatic trunk separator.
Look to Edmunds for more information as we near the Spring 2016 on-sale date.
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