The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL will be getting a retractable soft-top of order to keep its weight down.
Mercedes-Benz will be dropping the retractable hard top of the next generation of the SL in favor of the conventional soft-top. The move has been taken to reduce the car’s weight and it will also be applied on its smaller brother, the SLK. Both the new SL and SLK generation will be riding on the next MSA modular platform and this will help improve weight distribution and costs and it should be visible in the final price of the two models and in their handling too.
The engine lineup in the SLK will consist of four- and six-cylinder units while for the more expensive SL, new inline six-cylinder 3.0 liter engines will be used. The four-banger on the SLK will develop 238 HP, as rumors are saying, while the six-cylinder version will develop between 333 HP and 435 HP. In the SL, this might develop 365 HP. The next generation of the SLK is believed to make its way onto the market in 2020, while the SL will be coming in 2021. More details on the two models are limited for the moment.