Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has introduced the new SLC 300 and C-Class Cabriolet at the recent Dream Cars Collection Showcase at the heart of the Capital City, Kuala Lumpur.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC 300
The SLC line-up comes in two variants, the SLC 200 and SLC 300. Previously the SLK, the SLC Roadster further exudes pure driving pleasure that is combined with sportiness and comfort. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia displayed the updated SLC300 with new front section, comprising of the familiar diamond grille and the steeply raked radiator grille that accentuates the arrow-shaped bonnet.
On the inside, the SLC has an even higher-quality cabin and overall ‘Plush’ effect. Highlights include new light (standard) or dark aluminium trim parts with a carbon-fiber finish, as well as a newly-designed instrument cluster.
As a ‘Bona-fide’ Roadster, the SLC takes up the unique vario-roof to exude open-top driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in adverse weather conditions. Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward. The roof are operable (opens and closes) at speeds of up to 40 km/h. Another new feature is the semi-automatic boot separator in conjunction with the vario-roof convenience feature or KEYLESS-GO. The boot separator in upper position allows more space at the boot, and the separator automatically moves down when the roof is opened. In terms of boot space, the SLC is a class leader with a capacity of 335 liters.
A feature that continues to be unique to the SLC is the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, available in the SLC 300. The Magic Sky Control Panoramic vario roof is lightened or darkened at the touch of a button.
Both SLC 200 and SLC 300 are incorporated with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and 180 kW (245 hp), respectively.
All-new C-Class Cabriolet: Captivating, the object of desire
The other star attraction was none other than the C-Class Cabriolet or Cabrio (for short). This new Convertible from Mercedes-Benz epitomizes the Three-point Star’s strength in appealing ‘Cabrio’ design and the joy of open-top driving.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet comes in three variants: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine C 200 rated at 135kW (184hp), C 250 at 155kW (211hp) and the C 300 rated at 180kW (245hp). All variants are paired to the ever reliable 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.
On the exterior, the C-Class Cabrio features a tightly-stretched soft top with glass window transitions that harmoniously blends into the distinctively-styled rear end. The rear is now sportier than ever thanks to its wide stance, from increased width compared to the previous edition, and the flat LED rear lights. With a capacity of 360 liters (285 liters with the roof open), the boot is capable of holding an exceptional amount of luggage for a convertible, thus offering high everyday practicality.
At the sides, an elongated dropping line extending over the rear wheel arch lends an emphasis typical of Mercedes-Benz design. Thanks to the suspension lowered by 15 millimeters compared to the Sedan, the vehicle is already at sports level, emphasizing the sporty nature of the Cabriolet which shines aerodynamically with a Cd figure of 0.28.
The fully automatic classic cabriolet fabric soft top comes in black in the basic variant, or is optionally available with a multi-layer acoustic soft top in dark brown, dark blue, dark red or black. It significantly reduces the wind/driving noise. This is made noticeable in the form of improved speech intelligibility, including at high speeds, and better insulation from disruptive ambient noise. In addition, the soft top opens and closes in 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
The cabin of the C-Class Cabrio takes up a new infotainment system, along with a Burmester sound system and Frontbass (C 300). Needless to say, with the roof down, the sound inside the Cabrio is impeccable and almost theater-like.
The suspension of the Cabrio offers a high level of comfort with low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics, while ensuring agile driving dynamics. The standard setup in the C 200 Cabriolet is steel springs and a selective damping system, the C 250 and C 300 come with Sport suspension with firmer springing and damping, including the Sports Direct-Steer system. Aided by the DYNAMIC SELECT, the Cabrio lets the driver choose the desirable modes: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient.