Mercedes-Benz SLK gets a New Name and Look for its 20th Birthday
20 years ago, the archetypal compact SLK roadster was introduced to the world, and it has dominated the luxury car market ever since.
To honour its success and prestige, this iconic vehicle has been redesigned and will be released as the Mercedes-Benz SLC this spring.
The name change, writes Mercedes-Benz, acknowledges the traditionally close relationship with the C-Class, from which much of the roadster’s technology is derived. The SLC’s compact size, steadfast roadholding, strong brakes and performance make it an excellent vehicle for adventurous drivers who have access to open roads.
There are new additions to the model line-up, the sporty top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and the high-performing SLC 300. The former model packs a 3.0-litre six-cylinder and can put out 362 horsepower while the latter has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 241 horsepower. Both engines are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The SLC’s striking vario-roof combines open-top driving pleasure, with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward, states the auto manufacturer, as the roof can be closed while the car is moving up to a speed of approximately 40 km/h. Purchase the panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control, and you’ll be able to lighten or darken the glass roof with the touch of a button.
Even with the top down, optional features ensure that the SLC is able to offer the perfect on-board climate through heated seats and Airscarf, the neck-level heating system for the driver and front passenger.
The majority of critics have approved of this versatile roadster, citing more equipment, safety and connectivity. If you’d like to test it out the 2017 SLC, you’ll have to wait until June – but you can read more about it right now by clicking here.