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2016 Mercedes SL facelift revealed

Tweaked version of the two-seater Mercedes-Benz convertible shown, with revised looks and suspension

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The Mercedes-Benz SL convertible is brought into line with other models in the company's line up with a facelift that brings tweaks to the car's looks and suspension settings.

What is it?

The two-seater SL convertible gets minor styling change, which align it in particular with the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

The front grille gets a larger diamond radiator front grille while LED lights are now fitted as standard. The front bumper and bonnet are both new, with larger front air intakes and a more widespread use of chrome.

Other changes include the addition of the Curve function that has otherwise been offered on the likes of the larger S-Class Coupe. This counters the effect of body roll in corners by leaning the car slightly in the opposite direction. It also offers the Dynamic Select system, which allows the driver to choose different suspension settings from Comfort through to stiff and sporty in a new third Sport+ mode.

What engines does it come with?

The engine range remains largely unchanged, with the same SL 400, SL 500 AMG SL 63 and AMG SL 65 as before. The SL 400 has had a 35bhp boost in power, with the engine now offering 362bhp and 369lb ft of torque. This results in a slight improvement to performance, with 0-62mph coming in 4.9secs while the top speed remains limited to 155mph.

The 449bhp SL 500 remains unchanged, as do the 577bhp SL 63 and the V12 621bhp SL 65. All versions now come with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

How much equipment does it come with?

The final specification has yet to be confirmed, and will be revealed at the same time as pricing in January. However, it is set to get a reduction in kit at the entry-level point, as Mercedes looks to lower the starting price for the car. Like-for-like models are set to carry over the same level of spec as the outgoing version, though.

How much does it cost?

Pricing for the 2016 SL has not yet been revealed, but it is expected to come down notably from the current Β£73,575 starting point, to significantly below Β£70,000.

Can I get a discount?

Going by the current SL, there should be discounts aplenty, and large ones at that. There are savings of around Β£12,000 to be had on the current version, although the changes and the reduction of the entry point might well rein that in a bit.