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The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster’s cabin views are live!

"The upcoming SL transforms the iconic tradition of the first 300 SL Roadster into the modern era", says Mercedes.

Like we reported earlier, the development of the upcoming seventh-gen SL-Class will be handled by the maestros themselves, the folks from Affalterbach. Hence, for the first time, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG SL Roadster will have an all-wheel-drive setup available, apart from a lighter and stiffer chassis.

Today though, we have the official images of how it will look from the inside. On that note, it certainly looks better than ever before. Why? Because Mercedes has taken design cues from the iconic 300 SL Roadster. However, the biggest change of them all seems to be the return of the 2+2 seating configuration, last seen on the fourth-gen, R129 model from the 1990s. 

Although as is the case with almost every other grand-tourer with a 2+2 configuration, the back seats are only suitable for small children, and that too looks like a hard task. Mercedes does say, however, that the seats are suitable for carrying your golf bags or any other luggage. Problem solved.

“The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL pampers driver and passengers with sophisticated luxury. The new SL combines the highest levels of comfort and quality in its interior, coupled with just the right amount of sportiness. The high-quality combination of the analog world and state-of-the-art digital equipment makes one thing clear: the new SL is the rebirth of an icon for the modern era,” says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Moving to the rest of the interior, we have a “Hyperanalogue” cockpit which, in Mercedes’ terms, is a mix of analog geometry and digital world. You can see that not only the 300 SL Roadster but some design ideas have been borrowed from the AMG GT Roadster too, a model the SL Roadster replaces. The dashboard is typical Mercedes with four turbine-like air vents.

The star of the show perhaps is the 11.9-inch, portrait-oriented touchscreen, found in the new C-Class, running the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system. I am no fan of these unnecessarily massive screens, but for the first time, I like what Mercedes has done with it – the angle of the screen is now electronically adjustable, meaning if the top is down, this screen can be adjusted electrically into a more vertical position.

Further, the 12.3-inch instrument panel isn’t a free-standing unit anymore. Instead, it is “integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents reflections caused by sunlight.” On the option-front, buyers can choose between multiple seat designs, including the AMG Performance seat option, and as far as the upholstery goes, quilted Nappa leather and microsuede can be had among others.

“The SL is an icon of the brand with the three-pointed star: This roadster has stood for automotive fascination and desire for decades. A great opportunity and challenge for design, because every designer wants to create icons,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler Group. “The result is a revolutionary interior experience caught between digital and analogue luxury. We created the most iconic SL ever since, the luxury icon of the 20s.”

Powering the all-new SL Roadster will be a range of AMG’s inline-six and twin-turbo V8 motors with the top-end SL73 variant expected to gain a PHEV setup. Production of the new SL will take place at Mercedes’ plant in Bremen, Germany, where the previous sixth-generation model was built with the official debut taking place sometime later this year.

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Chirag Khanna

I can look at the headlights of a car and can tell which car it is. I am an automobile and motorsports (specializes in F1) geek, for starters. For the main-course, I write.

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