Instead of being called the SLK, the 2017 model will be known as the SLC. The new name is intended to draw the roadster closer to the C-Class, as both models share a number of mechanical bits.
The exterior boasts a new front end with a diamond-pattern grille insert, reshaped headlights, and a new bumper. Around back are new taillights and bumper with integrated tailpipes. The interior is much the same as the previous SLK aside from new leather seats and a updated version of Mercedes' COMMAND infotainment system.
For the U.S. market, the SLC will come with two engine choices. The base is the SLC300 which packs a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Next is the Mercedes-AMG SLC45 that packs a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes says SLC300 can 60 MPH in 5.7 seconds, while the SLC45 can do it in a scant 4.6 seconds.
The AMG version of the SLC also boasts a number of performance enhancements such as a stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and a set of 18-inch wheels. Optional is a handling package that adds an adjustable suspension and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Mercedes will show off the 2017 SLC at the Detroit Auto Show next month, with sales beginning in Spring.
Now the big question is how the SLC will compare against its closest rival, the Porsche Boxster. Porsche has announced that a Boxster will be coming out next year with a new name (718 Boxster) and packing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's going to be an interesting fight and one we cannot wait to see.
Has Mercedes done enough with the new SLC?