A first preview of the facelifted 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL roadster has been handed down, ahead of its full unveiling at this month’s Los Angeles auto show.

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Arriving as an update to the current ‘R231’ SL, which debuted in early 2012, the revised 2016 model will debut a new front-end look.

The styling update will bring the SL in line with the German carmaker’s latest styling language, now featured all the way from the small A-Class and GLA through to the big S-Class and GLS.

The tweaks include a re-shaped inverted grille with diamond styling effect, new headlights and a new front bumper.

Although not yet revealed, we could also see sheetmetal changes through the profile - as with the revised E-Class - and a new look at the rear.

Further details on the refreshed SL are still to come, but it is likely that a number of new safety, comfort and convenience features will be included.