In the new 2022 AMG SL Roadster, Mercedes-Benz has designed the touchscreen to be adjusted electrically into a more vertical position. The German carmaker said in a statement that the touchscreen’s portrait format offers clear advantages, especially for navigation, as well as more space ergonomically.
The first 300 SL Roadster is one of the most famous automobile icons. It’s minimalist and high-quality interior inspired the designers to create the interior for the new Mercedes-AMG SL. For the new edition of the icon, they created a mix of analogue geometry and digital world – called “hyperanalogue”. A good example of this is the fully digital instrument cluster, which is integrated into a three-dimensional visor.
The touchscreen floats between the two central turbine nozzles as a digital contrast to emotive design elements.
The centre console dominates the space between the driver and the front passenger. “Of maximum width and rising sharply towards the front, it flows into the lower section of the instrument panel. The functional and visual centre of the centre console is the metallic panel that breaks through the leather surfaces at the front and rear,” said Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz added that it designed the 11.9-inch portrait touchscreen this way in order to help fight glare.
Aviation-inspired instrument panel
The symmetrical instrument panel is designed as a sculptural, powerful wing and structured into an upper and lower section.
“A highlight is the four newly developed, galvanised turbine nozzles. Their surfaces merge into the instrument panel in the form of powerful power domes. The lower section of the instrument panel evolves fluidly from the centre console, seamlessly connecting the two elements,” said Mercedes-Benz.
“Despite symmetry, the cockpit design creates a clear focus on the driver: the instrument cluster’s high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen is not designed to be free-standing, but integrated into a high-tech visor. This prevents reflections caused by sunlight.”
“The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL pampers driver and passengers with sophisticated luxury. The new SL combines the highest levels of comfort and quality in its interior, coupled with just the right amount of sportiness. The high-quality combination of analogue world and state-of-the-art digital equipment makes one thing clear: the new SL is the rebirth of an icon for the modern era,” says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.