Mercedes-Benz Has Killed The SLK; Introducing The SLC

Facelift

Familiar roadster only with a new name.

What you’re looking at really isn’t anything all that new; Mercedes-Benz has simply facelifted and renamed the SLK roadster. Presenting the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, which will make its official live debut at Detroit next month. So what’s new? For starters, the 2017 SLC features a new diamond grille, front bumper, and restyled headlights complete with integrated LED daytime running lights, and a new rear bumper. There’s also a new LED taillight design and a new dual exhaust system.

The retractable hardtop has been updated and can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 25 mph. The interior remains mainly unchanged from before, although there’s a new sports steering wheel, a revised dash with aluminum trim, and Nappa leather upholstery. The COMAND infotainment system, contained within a seven-inch display, is back with a higher resolution and other refinements. For the US market two engines will be on tap; the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger (paired to a nine-speed automatic) with 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque will power the entry-level SLC300 while the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 will come with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.

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The latter will hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has an electronically controlled top speed of 155 mph. Other new features include the Dynamic Select system that allows drivers to choose between five different driving modes, with the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension setting adapting accordingly. Mercedes has also given the SLC Active Brake Assist and a number of other safety features. Sales in the US will begin next spring while pricing will be announced at a later date.

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