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Mercedes-Benz SLK gets a new name and face - the SLC


THE Mercedes-Benz SLK set a new benchmark within the compact roadster segment. It was the first to feature, amongst other things, a hard-top folding roof. The SLK has enjoyed 20 years of success and for 2016, Mercedes-Benz has decided to give the SLK a new face and a new name. So, what does the SLC have in store for customers?

The new Mercedes-Benz SLC has an impressive heritage to live up to; its predecessor, the SLK, which was launched in 1996, won fans around the world and achieved sales of around 670 000 units.

Comprehensively refined and with a model line-up ranging from the high torque and economical SLC 250d, to the sporty, high performance Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, the new model has what it takes to build on that success. The SLC 250d, SLC 300 and SLC 43 feature the sport/comfort-oriented 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard. As part of the facelift, Mercedes-Benz designers have further honed the roadster's sporty look. The new front section, where the steeply raked radiator grille elongates the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet, is particularly striking. All SLC models feature a diamond radiator grille as standard.

Image: The SLC 300

With Dynamic Select, the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted instantly at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, steering and suspension at the driver's behest. The SLC 200 has an output of 135kW and the SLC 300 an output of 180kW, both of which feature a 1991cc four-cylinder engine. The efficiency champion remains the 150kW diesel model, the SLC 250d.

SLC200   135kW
SLC 300   180kW
SLC 250d   150kW
AMG SLC 43   270kW

If it’s driving performance you’re after then the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 will impress you. This new model combines a 270kW, 520Nm, 3.0-litre V6 Biturbo engine with a modified version of the AMG sports suspension, familiar from the previous Mercedes-AMG SLK 55; the combination is reflected in the sporty performance figures, with the AMG SLC 43 accelerating from 0-100km/h in around 4.7 seconds.

Image: AMG SLC 43

As for safety, well, a new feature for the SLC is the standard-fit Active Brake Assist, known in other model series as Collision Prevention Assist Plus. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, this brake system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will initiate automatic braking. This significantly reduces the vehicle speed. At low relative speeds, this intervention may be sufficient to prevent a rear-end collision with slower moving, stopping or stationary vehicles. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist also remain available.

The SLC will be launched in South Africa at a later stage and we will keep you posted on pricing.

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