Designed to battle the Audi TT, the SLA will reportedly have SLK-inspired styling and a canvas roof.

According to a recent report, Mercedes will launch an SLA roadster in 2013.

Designed to battle the Audi TT, the model will reportedly have SLK-inspired styling and a canvas roof. Unfortunately, the car is slated to ride on the front-wheel drive MFA platform.

Engine options will likely carryover from the A- and B-Class, so expect a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol and a 1.8-liter diesel. Regardless of which mill is selected, it will likely be paired to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Note: Mercedes SLA concept from January 2000 pictured

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Mercedes SLA coming in 2013 - report