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Mercedes Benz upgrades SLK to C-Class

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The new Mercedes Benz SLC will replace the SLK for the 2017 model year
The new Mercedes Benz SLC will replace the SLK for the 2017 model year
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The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC
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The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC
The rear view of the new Mercedes Benz SLC
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The rear view of the new Mercedes Benz SLC
The front of the new Mercedes Benz SLC features a more aggressive stance
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The front of the new Mercedes Benz SLC features a more aggressive stance
The new Mercedes Benz SLC redefines the company's signature roadster
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The new Mercedes Benz SLC redefines the company's signature roadster
The Mercedes Benz SLC comes with a panoramic-vario roof
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The Mercedes Benz SLC comes with a panoramic-vario roof
The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC with an updated infotainment system
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The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC with an updated infotainment system
The interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC has been completely redesigned and updated
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The interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC has been completely redesigned and updated
Transmission choices are 6-speed manual for the two lower models and 9G-TRONIC for the other three
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Transmission choices are 6-speed manual for the two lower models and 9G-TRONIC for the other three
Heated seats and neck warmer are options that keep the drive and passenger comfortable in inclimate weather
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Heated seats and neck warmer are options that keep the drive and passenger comfortable in inclimate weather
The new Mercedes Benz SLC will replace the SLK for the 2017 model year
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The new Mercedes Benz SLC will replace the SLK for the 2017 model year
The new Mercedes Benz SLC is a significant upgrade to the SLK
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The new Mercedes Benz SLC is a significant upgrade to the SLK
The new Mercedes Benz SLC will have four different available engine sizes ranging from 1595 cc to nearly 3000 cc
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The new Mercedes Benz SLC will have four different available engine sizes ranging from 1595 cc to nearly 3000 cc

WhenMercedes Benz introduced the SLK in 1996, it met with positive reaction andwent on to sell over 670,000 units. Twenty years is a long time to go between majorupdates in any business, but the wait appears to be worth it given all of thechanges to the German company's signature roadster that will now be called theSLC.

Whatimmediately stands out is the significant number of options within optionsavailable in the five separate models of the SLC – the entry-level SLC 180, theSLC 200, the SLC 250 d, the SLC 300 and the top-of-the-line AMG SLC 43. This isevident in everything from the engine to the transmission to the lightingsystem. It's almost too much and might make the average buyer's head spin, butMercedes Benz is clearly not appealing to that person.

Allbut the AMG version come with a 4-cylinder in-line engine with the racer model equippedwith a V-6. Engine size varies with the 180 at 1,595 cc (115 kW/156 hp), the 250d at 2,143cc (150kW/204 hp) and the SLC 43 at 2,996 cc (270 kW/367 hp). Both the200 and 300 have the same sized engine at 1,991 cc, but the 200 is rated at 135kW/184 hp and the 300 at 180 kW/245 hp. Torque numbers range from 250 Nm (184ft lbs) to 520 Nm (384 ft lbs) depending on the model.

The new Mercedes Benz SLC will have four different available engine sizes ranging from 1595 cc to nearly 3000 cc
The new Mercedes Benz SLC will have four different available engine sizes ranging from 1595 cc to nearly 3000 cc

Boththe 180 and 200 are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission, but the9G-TRONIC automatic transmission that comes standard in the other models is available as anoption.

Keyto the idea of options is what Mercedes is referring to as Dynamic Select,which gives the driver multiple choices that affect engine, transmission,steering and suspension. The five modes – Comfort,Sport, Sport+, Eco andIndividual will be easy to select using the Dynamic Select buttonin the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The AMG version comes withits own exhaust system that adjusts its sound based on which of the above modesyou've chosen.

There'san optional Dynamic Handling package that lowers the chassis by 10 mm andincludes an adaptive damping system, direct steering and ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist. When paired with Dynamic Select, this packageautomatically varies the damping force to each wheel depending on drivingconditions.

Anothernew feature for the whole SLC line is Active Brake Assist,known in other Mercedes Benz models as Collision Prevention Assist Plus.Basically, if you don't brake fast enough to avoid a collision, the car will doit for you. Couple this with Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and thechances of getting in a wreck are greatly reduced.

Thereare also a plethora of options that improve overall lighting and detection.This includes an LED lighting system that adapts your headlights to all types oflighting conditions, Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus that allows you to keepyour high beams on while adjusting them for varied traffic conditions, andTraffic Sign Assist that reads and recognizes various traffic signs, like speedlimits and no entry, to keep you from making a wrong move.

The Mercedes Benz SLC comes with a panoramic-vario roof
The Mercedes Benz SLC comes with a panoramic-vario roof

Takingthe SLC from coupe to convertible happens at the push of a button and can be donewhile driving at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph). With the panoramic vario-roof topdown, more optional features are available. This includes heated seats and necklevel heating for both the driver and passenger. With the roof up, the glasscan be lightened or darkened at the touch of a button, providing either apanoramic sky view or shade from the sun.

Theinfotainment system is prominently featured in the center of the dash andconsists of a high resolution, color media display that lets you controlnavigation, phone, audio, video and Internet access.

The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC with an updated infotainment system
The redesigned interior of the new Mercedes Benz SLC with an updated infotainment system

Outside,Mercedes Benz engineers created a redesigned front section with a steeply rakeddiamond radiator grille, a front bumper with air intakes, and the LED daytimerunning lamps integrated into the headlamp units. The overall look is moremuscular and aggressive than the SLKs, which the new SLC will replace in March2016.

Pricingfor the five SLC models has yet to be announced, but Mercedes Benz willstart taking orders in January 2016. The listed price of the SLK 300 for 2016starts at almost US$48,000, so given the significant upgrades the new SLC maystart slightly higher.

Mercedes introduces the new SLC in the video below.

Source: Mercedes Benz

The new SLC – Trailer - Mercedes-Benz original

1 comment
sutski123
Not so much an upgrade to the C class imo, but more of a throwback/hat tip to the SL convertibles of the late 70's? Strange they use the SLC designation for a convertible though when the SLC used to be the coupe and the SL used to be the convertible! Cheers!