So far the SL has been a big two-seats convertible aimed at people looking to travel great distances in style and at high speed. The car was loosely based on the S-Class large sedan, but it seems that this is about to change. A few days ago some information leaked on the internet which suggested that the upcoming 2019 Mercedes SL would be developed by AMG. Mercedes would pass on the task to them in order to give the SL a bit more presence on the market and make it even more impressive than it was before. This does mean a few things, though. For starters, the new SL might share quite a bit with the current GT which is based on AMG’s rear wheel drive platform.

New Look?

A few days ago Mercedes showcased the new AMG GT-C, the convertible version of the high-performance GT R. Well, considering that the upcoming 2019 Mercedes SL will be developed by AMG, it is safe to assume that it will share some design cues with the GT-C and with the older SLR and SLS. On top of that, the Mercedes insider that revealed most of the details about the new SL also said that this will be using a soft-top which has been missing from the SL ever since the late ‘90s.

We can also expect a very similar thing to happen with the interior of the car. Even though it will be larger than the equivalent GT-C, it should offer at least a similar set of features. However, some also suggested at the possibility of receiving a similar layout to the S-Class, but this might not be possible due to its new platform.

The platform – in detail
However, this would likely be quite hard to do, especially since the platform of the GT is not exactly scalable. Also, the SL would need to be as comfortable as before which might not be possible with what currently underpins the GT. Because of that, it is expected that the 2019 model of the SL will feature a newly developed chassis, specifically for it and likely its coupe version. This will be noticeable wider than the GT but similarly long.

The suspension system will also be designed specifically for it so the result will likely be a car as comfortable as an S-Class with the on-road performance of an AMG GT. There is still nothing available about the price or release date of the upcoming SL, but it seems that it might become available closer to the end of 2019.

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2019 Mercedes SL - an all-new platform

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