The interior design of the next SL transforms the iconic tradition of the first 300 SL Roadster into the modern era. Thanks to its Mercedes-AMG performance genes, the new edition is aimed at both the sporting target audience and customers seeking maximum comfort. Fine materials, meticulous workmanship and attention to detail further underline the high standards of luxury in the interior. The cab design, right down to the adjustable center screen on the center console, focuses on the driver and impresses with a harmonious overall impression. The completely redesigned dimensional concept with 2 + 2 seats offers more functionality and space inside at the same time. The MBUX infotainment system offers a choice of several specific display styles and different modes.
The first 300 SL Roadster is one of the most famous automotive icons. Its high-quality, minimalist interior inspired designers to create the interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL. For the new edition of the icon, they created a mixture of analog geometry and digital world, called “hyperalogue”. A good example of this is the fully digital instrument cluster, which is integrated into a three-dimensional visor.
The highly sophisticated new dimensional concept allows once again a 2 + 2 seating configuration for the first time since 1989 (Mercedes SL model series R 129). This makes the new SL even more versatile. The rear seats increase daily usability and offer space for people up to 1.50 meters tall. If no additional seats are needed, a draft stop can protect front seat passengers from drafts at the nape of the neck. Or the second row of seats can be used as additional storage space to accommodate a golf bag, for example.
The wide selection of different covers for the sports or high-performance seats (optional for all variants) also reflects the range from comfortable equipment to performance-oriented equipment. Customers can choose from one or two-tone Nappa leather, especially the elegant Nappa STYLE leather with diamond stitching, or the sporty combination of Nappa leather with DINAMICA RACE microfiber and contrasting yellow or red topstitching stitching.
Aviation-inspired instrument panel
The symmetrical instrument panel is designed as a powerful, sculptural wing and is structured in an upper and lower section. The highlight are the four newly developed galvanized turbine nozzles. Their surfaces merge with the instrument panel in the form of powerful energy domes. The lower section of the instrument panel evolves seamlessly from the center console, seamlessly connecting the two elements. Despite the symmetry, the cabin layout creates a clear focus on the driver: the instrument cluster’s 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screen is not designed to stand alone, but rather integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents reflections caused by sunlight.
Adjustable touchscreen center console
The center console dominates the space between the driver and the front passenger. Of maximum width and rising sharply towards the front, it ends at the bottom of the instrument panel. The functional and visual center of the center console is the metal panel that runs through the leather surfaces at the front and rear. With the signature NACA air intake, it carries the genes of the AMG GT and GT Coupé 4-door. This design element thus becomes a distinctive AMG stylistic element in the interior. The NACA air intake passes almost seamlessly to the 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen in portrait format.
To avoid reflections caused by sunlight when driving with the roof down, this screen can be electrically adjusted to a more upright position. Its vertical format offers clear advantages, especially for navigation, as well as more space ergonomically. The touch screen floats between the two central nozzles of the turbine as a digital contrast with emotive design elements.
The door panels are integrated into the balance of the interior.
As in the center console, the door surfaces also develop fluidly from the instrument panel. The result is an accentuated slope with decorative stitching that frames the entire interior and passes through the turbine nozzles on the sides. The center of the door is designed as a sensual layered topography. The handle is also designed in the same way as the center console and is another eye-catching feature.
Sculptural seat design with integrated headrests
The state-of-the-art seat design of the new Mercedes-AMG SL serves to further develop the typical Mercedes sculptural seat design in a sporty way. Skillfully play with layers and wraparound surfaces. This makes the seats appear lighter and less bulky. The head restraints are integrated into the backrest and thus contribute to the sporty proportions of the seat.
Intuitive operation and learnability: Next-generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience)
Some functional content and the operating structure of the second generation MBUX system correspond to that of the S-Class. They have been extensively supplemented or replaced by specific AMG content and views. This makes the new SL highly independent in terms of communication and information. Menu items such as “Performance” or “Track Pace” emphasize the sporty character. The interior has become even more digital and intelligent, as the hardware and software have been greatly improved. Bright images on the LCD screens make it easy to control the vehicle and comfort functions.
The driver’s display and center display offer an aesthetically pleasing and holistically coordinated experience. The appearance of the instrument cluster can be customized with different display styles and individually selectable main views.
The optional head-up display contributes to relaxed driving, as the driver does not need to take his eyes off the road. It shows relevant signals and actions in three dimensions in the real driving situation and its surroundings. Here you can also choose from several style variants, each of which matches the instrument cluster display. Depending on the equipment or personal taste, the Ambient Light frames the exclusive interior in 64 different colors.