Due to a French-language video leak on the internet of the new Mercedes SLK, the German automaker has decided to release details of their newly redesigned roadster. The plan was for it to have a full debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show this March. The third generation SLK will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 304 hp V6 for the SLK 350 that can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and is capable of a 23 mpg combined fuel economy.
A 1.8-liter 201 hp four-cylinder engine will come standard on the SLK 250 and can be had with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The new SLK clearly takes its design inspiration from the SLS gullwinged supercar, clearly seen in the blunt front fascia with the prominent three-point star in an upright design. The side view is unmistakably similar to the previous generation, albeit with new tail lamps and door openings. The interior is also simpler than before, with a more elegant and boxy design that's similar to the C-Class.
Technical innovations are also abundant with new features such as the drowsiness protection assistance system called Attention Assist. It will come standard with something called Adaptive Brake, which is a combination of ABS, the acceleration skid control system and active yaw control. More details will be released as the March 2011 debut comes closer.