Mercedes-Benz SLC front The Mercedes-Benz SLC represents the Three-point Star’s latest generation of roadster, with a changed abbreviation from SLK to SLC. The Mercedes-Benz SLC has an enhanced look and optimized technology, while the name change acknowledges the close relationship with the C-Class.

There are five Mercedes SLC versions: the entry SLC 180, SLC 200, SLC 300, SLC 250d and the sporty top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43. The SLC 180 starts off with a 1.6-liter engine, all the way up to a 3.0-liter for the AMG version. The SLC 250 d, SLC 300 and SLC 43 AMG feature the sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, while it is available as an option for the SLC 180 and SLC 200 (standard with 6-speed manual transmission).

In visual terms, stand-out features include the standard-fit diamond radiator grille and the LED Intelligent Light System (optional extra). The new front section, where the steeply raked radiator grille elongates the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet, is particularly striking.

The SLC’s vario-roof with Magic Sky Control combines open-top driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in any weather. Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward. If while the roof is opening or closing the vehicle has to move off due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approx. 40 km/h. Another new feature is the semi-automatic boot separator (in conjunction with the optional vario-roof convenience feature or optional KEYLESS-GO).

Even with the top down, optional features ensure that the SLC is able to offer the perfect on-board climate. These features include heated seats and AIRSCARF, the neck-level heating system for the driver and passenger, ideally in combination with one of the two available draught-stops. The small side window behind the door can now be closed separately when the top is down, reducing wind noise.

The SLC’s interior, post facelift, has an even higher-quality look. Highlights include new light (standard) or dark aluminium trim parts with a carbon-fiber finish. The instrument cluster has a new design too. As a control and display system for navigation, phone, audio, video and internet, the COMAND Online infotainment system offers a wide range of new and extended features. These include the 7-inch (17.8 cm) high-resolution TFT display and internet access from the stationary vehicle, plus unrestricted use of the Mercedes-Benz Apps when on the move too (in conjunction with an appropriate mobile phone). The classic strengths of the SLC also include its well-designed boot, which at 335 liters has easily the highest capacity in this segment.

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. There five available modes, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Eco” and “Individual”, which coincide with the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. Drivers who choose the Dynamic Handling package (optional extra), which features a 10 mm lower chassis, an adaptive damping system, the Direct-Steer system and ESP Curve Dynamic Assist, can also use DYNAMIC SELECT to specify the damping force in Comfort, Sport and Sport+ mode.

The new entry-level model is the SLC 180 with an output of 115 kW (156 hp). It has an NEDC consumption figure of just 5.6 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 127 g/km. Positioned above this are the SLC 200 with an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and the SLC 300 with 180 kW (245 hp), both of which feature a 1991 cc four-cylinder engine. The efficiency champion remains the 150 kW (204 hp) diesel model, the SLC 250 d, with a CO2 figure of 114 g/km.

Driving Performance is the AMG brand promise, and the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 lives up to it in impressive style. The new model combines a 270 kW (367 hp), 520 Nm, 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine with a modified version of the AMG sports suspension familiar from the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55, and the combination is reflected in the sporty performance figures, with the SLC 43 accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.

Prominent driver’s assistance systems onboard the Mercedes SLC comprise of standard-fit Active Brake Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, the optional LED Intelligent Light System with adaptability, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Adaptive Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Furthermore, the available standard services currently include Accident Recovery, Breakdown Management and Maintenance Management, as well as Telediagnostics.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC has a starting price of 34,926.50 Euros in Germany. The SLC will be unleashed to the rest of world in due time.

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