The 2009 SL550 visited the dealership yesterday for our training class. It was great to be able to see it in person! While it is not a complete redesign, it is more substantial than just the usual refresh. I’ve pointed out the main aesthetic differences in the slideshow above. Of course, the pictures don’t do it justice. It looks aggressive, fresh and exciting.

The new technology is perfect…exactly what the SL needed. The new Navigation system has the same graphics and the C-Class/S-Class system but does not use the central command controller. The 40 gb hard drive allows the data to be used much faster and updated more often. Also, this is the first vehicle that will use the SD card reader rather than the PCMCIA slot for loading your digital music files. You’ll even be able to store music from the card slot or the 6 CD changer onto the 4 gb Music Register!

I highly recommend you get the 321 Wheel Package. For under $2000 it’s a lot of look – 19″ AMG wheels, sculpted leather steering wheel with shift paddles, and special headlights and tail lights. It looks very custom!

Also, Airscarf, the best feature for any convertible, will debut on the 2009 SL. These vents in headrests blow heated air over your shoulders at low, medium or high speed. Airscarf can extend your top down season here in Atlanta to almost all year!

The 2009 SL is in production now and the release is scheduled for April. Right now they are sitting at the port in Germany awaiting the order to ship out! Let me know if you would like to be notified when these beauties arrive.

March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm by Jesse Cannon-Wallace
Category: Future Models, SL-Class