Mercedes’ 2017 SL shows its restyled face in leaked photos

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class isn’t scheduled to debut until next week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, but photos of the facelifted sports car have already hit the web. They show some mildly-updated styling that seems heavily influenced by the AMG GT.

Posted by World Car Fans, the photos include the “standard” SL, as well as the sportier SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG variants. The biggest visual change seems to be a new front end with headlights and other elements referencing the newer AMG GT, plus a textured grille on non-AMG models that resembles ones from different Mercedes coupe models.

Full specifications will be released next week, but there shouldn’t be any radical changes. There are currently four SL-Class variants: two non-AMG, and two AMG. The SL400 has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 329 horsepower, while the SL550 uses a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 449 hp. The SL63 AMG’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 generates 577 hp, and the SL65 sits at the top of the range with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, good for 621 hp.

Interior shots show a larger display screen, indicating some changes to the infotainment system. There also appears to be a new controller for the Dynamic Select system, which allows drivers to adjust the car’s behavior with multiple programmable driving modes. There may be other changes as well, although they may be limited given that this is just a facelift.

The SL is one of Mercedes’ most iconic models, but its mission has changed over the years. With its signature gullwing doors, the original SL was a full-on sports car designed for competition, and built to show Mercedes’ technical prowess. The current SL is a more laid-back cruiser, with a folding hardtop and lots of luxuries. The more hardcore performance role has been ceded to the AMG GT. That makes the SL a little less exciting, something Mercedes is likely looking to combat with this update.

Product Review

If you don't know about Genesis yet, the G70 is going to change that

The 2019 Genesis G70 is Korea’s first attempt to take on the vaunted German trio of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Competition doesn’t come much tougher than that.
Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.
Cars

2020 Ford Explorer branches out with sporty ST, efficiency-focused hybrid models

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two variants never before seen on Ford's stalwart family hauler. The ST focuses on performance, while the hybrid aims for decent gas mileage. Both models will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Cars

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.
Cars

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.
Cars

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.
Cars

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.