Our spies have sent us the first batch of images depicting the Mercedes-Benz SL facelift.

Our spies have sent us the first batch of images depicting the Mercedes-Benz SL facelift.

Revealed towards the end of 2011, the SL (R231) will get a facelift sometime next year which judging by the camouflage fitted onto this prototype will come with substantial changes at the front. The grille, bumper and headlights are covered up in camouflage and there's also some disguise at the base of the hood.

It seems the top will also go through cosmetic surgery while the rear end appears untouched but upon closer inspection you will notice the design is covered in body-colored camouflage, hence the duct tape on the bumper’s sides and the cutout for the parking sensors.

At the moment it's not known whether the facelifted SL will come with changes in the engine department. As a reminder, Mercedes-Benz introduced an entry-level SL400 variant last year with a V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine outputting 329 bhp (245 kW) and 479 Nm (354 lb-ft) channeled to the wheels through a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Expect the Mercedes-Benz SL facelift to be unveiled next year as a 2017MY.

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