Mercedes SLA roadster could be developed

Mercedes SLA roadster could be developed

Mercedes SLA fq

Mercedes-Benz has developed a reputation for fattening up cars, but that is set to change. First came the original SL Mercedes SL standing for “sporty” and “light weight” but now the SL has swelled to massive proportions and ridiculous weight. So Mercedes introduced the SLK, a smaller version with the added K for “kurtz” or “short”. But as the SLK has by now grown at least as big as the original SL, officials have been considering making an even smaller roadster.

Mercedes unveiled its Vision SLA concept way back in 2000, and have been weighing up the idea ever since. But recent reports suggest that the long-rumoured SLA convertible is alive and well, and may finally come to market as a response to growing demand for smaller, more efficient vehicles. Although the current A and B-Class platform utilises a unique sandwich underbody construction that would prevent use in a short roadster, the next generation of Mercedes front-drive compacts is expected to forgo the unusual configuration in favour of a more conventional front-engine/front-wheel-drive set-up. Even a small-displacement AMG version could be possible. Speculation is that we could see a production SLA by 2012, just in time to face off with BMW’s rumoured 1 Series-based roadster.

Mercedes SLA fq

Mercedes-Benz has developed a reputation for fattening up cars, but that is set to change. First came the original SL Mercedes SL standing for “sporty” and “light weight” but now the SL has swelled to massive proportions and ridiculous weight. So Mercedes introduced the SLK, a smaller version with the added K for “kurtz” or “short”. But as the SLK has by now grown at least as big as the original SL, officials have been considering making an even smaller roadster.

Mercedes unveiled its Vision SLA concept way back in 2000, and have been weighing up the idea ever since. But recent reports suggest that the long-rumoured SLA convertible is alive and well, and may finally come to market as a response to growing demand for smaller, more efficient vehicles. Although the current A and B-Class platform utilises a unique sandwich underbody construction that would prevent use in a short roadster, the next generation of Mercedes front-drive compacts is expected to forgo the unusual configuration in favour of a more conventional front-engine/front-wheel-drive set-up. Even a small-displacement AMG version could be possible. Speculation is that we could see a production SLA by 2012, just in time to face off with BMW’s rumoured 1 Series-based roadster.

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