The New York auto show
is on, and The Car Connection is on, too -- now that the whole Starbucks snafu has been settled and no lives were lost.
First up, while the crowds are digesting the words of Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli and being wowed by the new Acura TSX, is a set of live shots of the new Mercedes-Benz SL. The 2009 edition of the SL
gets revamped with a new nose, new interior features like the Airscarf, and as you can see in our high-resolution photo gallery
, the new look is a little controversial. Aside from its prominent front end, it also gets a hood with power bulges, new air outlets tucked behind the front wheels, and newly sculpted fenders. The AMG styling kit from last year's model is now standard.
Three versions of the new SL are due. The V-8-powered SL550 gets a seven-speed automatic; the V-12-powered SL600 comes with a five-speed automatic; and the SL63 AMG edition
gets its whomping V-8.
Inside the SL gets a new three-spoke steering wheel, gauges with red needles, an updated COMAND media controller that runs the roost over a hard-drive music player, MP3 functions and a six-disc CD changer.
The convertible top on the SL raises and lowers in 16 seconds. And this year, Mercedes has fitted the Airscarf system to U.S. cars. The funny-looking, extraterrestrial headrests now pump warm air around the occupants' necks in cold-weather driving. It's standard on V-12 and AMG models and an option on the V-8 version.
Stay tuned for more on Mercedes at the New York auto show.