We had already been able to get an idea of what the next generation of the SL roadster would look like through the many photos of camouflaged prototypes shot around the world. Mercedes has now released some photos of the interior. The rumor is confirmed: with the soft top, we are also witnessing the return of the 2 + 2 passenger compartment.
It will be officially presented next September at the Munich Motor Show in Germany, the new generation SL is like all the other models in its category: it abandons its retractable hardtop (fashionable around the 2000s) and returns to the canvas!
But this we already knew. The information of the day concerns its interior. Indeed, the mystery is cleared up today with the official publication of signed Mercedes photos.
Auxiliary rear seats
First observation when discovering the interior of the new roadster at l’Etoile: it is a 2 + 2. The last generation to take advantage of it was the R230 from the 2000s. Or let’s say rather that it had a small bench to put the baguette… The R129 from the 90s on the other hand was indeed offered in 2 + 2! Obviously, the canvas top took up much less space.
In this case, the new generation will offer roughly the same level of comfort to rear passengers. It will be necessary either to travel stagnant, or to force the driver to move his seat clearly forward! Moreover, Mercedes does not hide it by announcing that these rear seats are reserved for people measuring less than 1.50 meters. And that they should rather be considered as additional storage space, “to accommodate a golf bag for example”.
A 300 SL dashboard?
The other interesting information concerns the dashboard. Mercedes indicates that to design it the designers were inspired by the legendary 300 SL. One can imagine the difficulty in reinterpreting such minimalist furniture as that used by the Fifties roadster. Especially since at Mercedes more than elsewhere, the time has come for the screens!
The designers therefore imagined what they call a “hyper-analog” dashboard, conceived in their terms as “a marriage of analog geometry and the digital world”.
Concretely, we invite you to observe the astonishing cap of the instrumentation unit, intended to limit reflections on the 12.3-inch horizontal screen.
At the level of the central console, the vertical multimedia screen of 11.9 inches can be tilted electrically in order to be fully readable once uncapped.
In short, nothing very revolutionary either at first glance. But at Turbo we like it. Let’s just hope that the materials composing the bottom of the dashboard are – at least – a little thicker than those which appear in the new C-Class.
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