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Next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster spied testing in Germany

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster will likely enhance may of the features of the current model.

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In 1954, the Mercedes-Benz SL grand touring passenger car made its debut. It's been in constant production since then in a varying degree of strengths throughout its five generations. Now, a new generation is readying to emerge.

Mercedes has released photos of the next-generation SL Roadster testing. They're also talking, touting the car's digital development steps, test stand runs, and simulator trials. Now, the tester is ready to hit the road to put its driving dynamics through a wide range of tasks. It has done so at the company's Test and Technology Center in Immendingen and on surrounding roads.

2021 Mercedes-Benz SL

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For 2020, the SL Roadster offers a sculpted body with two-seater comfort that rides on 19-inch wheels. The car's retractable hardtop remains a constant while the signature Mercedes-Benz Airscarf technology works to keep passengers warm/cool depending on what is required during top-down conditions.

Buyers choose from either a 362-horsepower V6 or 449-horsepower V8 engine. Both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can select from five different drive modes.

Inside the current SL are Nappa leather, aluminum, and high-gloss wood, textured aluminum, and genuine carbon fiber.

The car comes standard with a 600-watt sound system. A 1,000-watt, 7.1-chanel Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system is available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.

For 2020, Mercedes priced the SL Roadster to start at $91,000. Upgrading to the model with the V8 puts that MSRP up to $114,700.

What can you expect from the next-gen. model? Think: more and better. Refined engine options, better driving dynamics, a luxurious modern interior with the latest Mercedes-Benz tech, and an improved roster of safety options. It's even possible that the SL Roadster's roof might retract quicker than its current 25 second time. Stay tuned!

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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.


2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz


The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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