Here are some live impressions of the new Mercedes-Benz SL from the Detroit Motor Show. You can also see the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrids there.
Zetsche wasn’t referring only to the two hybrid saloons, but also to the sixth generation of Mercedes-Benz’ SL luxury convertible. Although it’s not available with a hybrid drivetrain (at least not yet), the all-new SL is ground-breaking because it is the three-pointed star’s first-ever mainstream model made almost entirely from aluminum.
“There are around 900 million cars on this earth and thousands of models. But there is but a handful of automotive icons”, said Dr. Zetsche. “Our SL is one of them – it has class, it has style, it is the embodiment of comfort and luxury. But it combines all of that with an unbelievably sporty and dynamic character.”
The new SL is up to 308 pounds (140 kg) lighter than its predecessor, something that Mercedes claims has reduced fuel consumption and improved its luxury roadster’s agility and handling.