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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz is planning to introduce a new Mercedes-Benz SLA front-wheel drive sports convertible in next few years. The new compact roadster will be based on the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class platform and will enter the market at around $65,000.

The Mercedes-Benz SLA will be a strict two-seater incorporating a soft-top roof design to keep weight to a minimum. Body styling will likely feature design elements from the new Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL convertible models.

According to reports the new Mercedes-Benz SLA will feature a range of small four-cylinder engines, including a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit using direct-injection and a 1.8-litre diesel. Both powertrains will be matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLA will be targeted specifically at the Audi TT market, showcasing a sporty yet frugal package that’s also fun and stylish. As mentioned, the price is expected to be in the same range as the Audi TT, starting at around $65,000 and heading upwards for optioned and sporty variants.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA Concept (pictured) back in 2000 at the North American Auto Show. The new 2013 model design will presumably follow the current and future Mercedes-Benz design language, but the layout and theme of the model will be similar to the concept.

The Mercedes-Benz SLA is set for a market release in 2013. We’ll keep you updated with all the official details closer to the SLA’s debut. In the meantime, what do you think of the new model? Could it be a good move by Mercedes-Benz?




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