New footage and photos of the 2012 Merc SL testing
22 March 2010

This is spy video and picture footage of the next generation Mercedes SL, which is due in 2012.

The shape of the front end cladding appears to confirm that all future Mercedes's will carry styling hallmarks highlighted in the sculpture displayed by the company at this year's Detroit motor show.

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Although the sculpture was specifically a teaser for the next generation CLS, elements such as the larger front grille and three-pointed star emblem are expected to be included on all future Mercedes models.

The proportions of the new car are expected to be similar to the current model's, although it will be considerably lighter through the use of more aluminium in its construction.

Key components such as the drivetrains, suspension and electrical systems are expected to be shared with the SLS supercar.

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22 March 2010

For Mercs sake i hope it sells better than the current SL

22 March 2010

For a 95k coupe that has the same perforemance as the xkr? no sure really

22 March 2010

Heavy hints of my current dream car there, the SLS.

22 March 2010

They should make it a 2+2 again, the R129 (1989 - 2002) was suprisingly practical


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