Up coming Mercedes SL due in 2019, will share platform with SLK


2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550, front 3-quarter view

Planning to decrease its platform count to just 4, Mercedes-Benz will put the next generation SL on the exact same Modular Sports activities Architecture (MSA) as the upcoming SLK. Correct now they are the only 2 vehicles planned to use MSA, with the firm’;s other rear-wheel-drive vehicles going on the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA). That leaves the Modular Front and Modular Large architectures for the rest of the lineup.

The SL rides on its own platform now, but Auto Express reports that switching to the highly versatile MSA will permit the 2019 SL and subsequent SLK to be built in the same Bremen, Germany factory. The MSA might make for a lighter SL, and it permits for a distinct wheelbase, length, width and height among that and the SLK, so the SL will retain its stance benefit more than the smaller roadster. A preceding report indicated that the 2019 SL would go back to a material roof, but the AE piece says that the prospects inherent in the MSA could allow the 2 material and a folding hardtop alternatives.

The MSA will also, as element of the overall platform method, conserve funds, boost top quality and reduce time-to-marketplace. Sharing in between models lines can also go each methods, with plug-in hybrid advances possibly moving up from the C-Class to the SL. 4Matic may well make its very first appearance on Mercedes’; prime-tier droptop.

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