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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class facelift confirmed for LA show debut

November 11, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it will unveil the facelifted 2016 SL-Class at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, expected to show off an updated design and new technology.

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class preview

So far only this heavily shadowed teaser image has been released, showing the updated front end which appears to incorporate new-look headlights, a more pronounced nose, and a sophisticated “diamond” grille with a big badge in the middle.

Aside from the updated front end, the 2016 SL is expected to receive other design tweaks as well, including new taillights and rear apron, along with revised panel contours and defining body lines.

The interior is set to showcase a modern makeover, with a new stand-alone infotainment system likely to make its way onto the dash. Mercedes will probably throw in a fully digital instrument cluster to keep up with other new models in the showroom.

Only minor changes are expected under the bonnet. The current range spans from the SL 400 featuring a 245kW/480Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, the SL 500 with a 320kW/700Nm 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8, to the range-topping SL 63 and SL 65 AMG versions.

The SL 63’s 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 generates 430kW/900Nm, while the SL 65 comes with a stonking 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 with 463kW/1000Nm. All of these outputs are likely to remain, however, fuel economy will probably improve.

All will be revealed at the LA show which starts on November 19. Stay tuned.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.