2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Preview
- SL gets all-wheel drive (AWD) for the first time in 2022
- Brand-new platform and architecture with no shared parts from older cars
- Both launch cars get AMG V8s, but other models will follow, including a hybrid
- Infotainment touchscreen is adjustable, and voice recognition understands 28 languages
- The new SL should land in the first half of 2022
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t been shy about its plans to shift to full electrification in the coming years, but that doesn’t mean the automaker is ready to cash in all its combustion engine chips just yet. The SL Roadster, previously a 2-seat convertible, has gotten a complete overhaul for the 2022 model year and will only be offered with a twin-turbo V8 engine to start.
Unlike the previous SL, Mercedes gave its tuning shop AMG complete control of the development process. The result, at least at first, is two twin-turbo V8-powered cars with serious style and performance. The SL 55 name returns to the lineup and is joined by the SL 63. The two cars’ arrival comes as Mercedes’ convertible catalog shrinks with the demise of the S-Class cabriolet. Though the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will launch with a V8, an “E Performance” hybrid powertrain will become available later.