New SL will feature Merc's new design language when sales start in 2012
28 January 2010

These are the latest spy pictures of Mercedes new SL in winter testing.

The next generation Mercedes SL, due in 2012, will be one of the first new Mercedes models to feature the firm’s ‘artistic’ new design language.

See the latest Mercedes SL spy pics

Starting with the new CLS, Mercedes deign chief Gorden Wagener plans to elevate Mercedes design to a more artistic level and previewed some of the design features with the sculpture concept from this month’s Detroit motor show.

Despite the heavy disguise and cladding, the SL spied indicates that the car’s front end will mirror that of the design concept’s including the grille and large badge.

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. The engine range is likely to be an evolution of the current model's.

Key components such as the suspension and electrical systems should be shared with the SLS supercar to keep development costs down.

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28 January 2010

'Artistic' design language?? More vacuous designerspeak! It looks suspiciously like the existing model. Apart from the huge grille - another example of a Maserati-led/high-end trend. (See also: new 7-series, A8, XJ...)

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