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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mercedes updates its flagship convertible, but don't expect a price cut


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What's New

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is all new, losing weight, gaining styling, and producing more power. Long a staple in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the SL-Class is a two-seat convertible and one of the flagship brands for the company. Over the years though, the car has grown in size and weight, transforming from a sporty convertible into more of a luxury convertible cruiser. With a choice of new engines and a 275-pound weight loss, Mercedes-Benz looks to be pushing the SL back to what its initials once stood for: "Super Light."

Who It's For

Bring money. The SL slots above the SLK in the Mercedes-Benz convertible lineup, and although the base price hasn't been set, the current SL 550 Roadster starts at an eye-popping $103,650, and that's before any options are added. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will surely target the same well-to-do crowd, and without a doubt it will be the must-have car at high-end country clubs around the nation.

Key Features

The 2013 SL-Class will boast a variety of cool features to justify its price tag. First is its styling, clearly derived from the mega-dollar SLS AMG. But beyond good looks, there are things like the Magic Sky Control, which lightens or darkens a glass panel in the folding hardtop at the touch of a button. Or Airscarf, which blows warm air around your neck on chilly sunny days. How about Active Parking Assist, which will park the car for you?

What We Think

It's high time for Mercedes-Benz to update its flagship convertible, and for it to lose a few pounds, too. We're eager to see how it looks in person when we get to Detroit. For now, feast your eyes on the gallery of photos.

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