The changes are small, and you won’t see them in person until next year.
The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected in 2021, Stuttgart is giving its posh GT car a grand sendoff. In this case we mean that literally and figuratively with this, the 2020 SL Grand Edition. Mercedes considers this an “especially exclusive” special model, available on the SL 450 and 550 as primarily an appearance package, though all Grand Edition Mercs will ride on a sports suspension option that firms things up and drops the car just a tad.
On the outside, Grand Edition models receive exclusive 10-spoke AMG forged wheels that measure 19 inches in front, and 20 inches at the rear. These wheels wear high-gloss black with polished faces to help ensure onlookers notice there’s something a bit different about this car. Regarding paint finish, four metallic tones, standard black, brilliant white, various tones of grey and obsidian black are available, and they’re complemented by chrome and matte silver trim on the front fascia for a unique look. Subtle SL Grand Edition badges on the fenders are the only other external clues to set the special car apart from the pack.
Inside, there’s a bit more bling as well. Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting adorns the seats, with SL Grand Edition branding in the headrests. The neat shade of leather can also be found on the steering wheel, though the grip areas offer perforated black Nappa leather instead.
Long production runs for the SL-Class aren’t out of the ordinary. The previous-generation R230 stuck around for nine years and the fourth-gen R129 held on for 12 years. The present-day SL received a facelift a couple years ago, but with a new model on-deck, Mercedes is giving the current SL – as well as the SLC – some extra pomp and circumstance to close out the R231’s legacy.
Mercedes doesn’t say how many Grand Edition models will be built, but the posh roadster for the SL400 and SL500 start in Germany at €114,811.20 (approx. £99,880) and €135,993.20 (£118,300), respectively, and will reach showrooms from March 2019. Order books open from 22 February.
Fresh air for the luxury Roadster
Stuttgart. Grand Edition – this is what especially exclusive Mercedes-Benz special edition models are called. The new Grand Edition models of the SL 450 and SL 550 come with numerous highlights to the interior and exterior that create an even more luxurious driving experience. The exclusive Roadster will arrive in U.S. dealerships in 2020.
The SL Grand Edition is available in Graphite Grey with applications in high-gloss chrome and matte silver to ensure a special look for the front bumper. The Grand Edition models have exclusive 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG 10-spoke forged wheels. These are painted high-gloss black and have a high-sheen rim lip and spokes. The badges with the SL Grand Edition logo placed laterally on the mudguards subtly reference the special model’s status.
The designo Tundra Brown Pearl leather with its shimmering metallic surface catches the eye on the interior, with details such as fine diamond quilting, piping in designo Golden Olive Pearl and an embroidered special model logo on the head restraints. The multifunction sports steering wheel is also designed in Tundra Brown Pearl leather. The grip zone is particularly easy on the hand in perforated black Nappa leather. The Grand Edition will also receive the sports suspension, which is lowered by 10 mm for firmer tuning and sportier driving dynamics.