Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLK two months after the German carmaker shared what safety features it’ll be carrying. The looker is scheduled to go sale in the global market later this year.
Much like how the previous SLK's design was largely inspired by the SLR McLaren, it's evident that the all-new SLK's design cues were taken from the SLS AMG, particularly the upright grille design and the prominent Mercedes-Benz logo at the center.
What makes the all-new SLK really stand out, however, is that the variety of lightweight convertible hardtop roof options. For the base version, the roof is painted in the vehicle's body color. There's also the panoramic vario-roof with dark-tinted windows. For the third variant, which is the first of its kind, the panoramic vario-roof comes with Magic Sky Control that allows the glass roof to switch to light or dark at the press of a button. In its light mode, the roof is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark mode, the glass roof provides enough shade to prevent the interior from heating up under the midday sun. How cool is that?
The all-new SLK will initially be available in three variants, with all three powered by new BlueEFFICIENCY direct injection engines.
The inline-four cylinder engine in the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY churns out 184hp, runs from zero to 100kph in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 237kph with the optional seven-speed 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.
The same four cylinder engine in the SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY produces 204hp and comes with the seven-speed 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission as standard. From a standstill it reaches 100kph in 6.6 seconds before topping out at 243 kph.
The SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, meanwhile, is equipped with a V6 engine that has an output of 306hp, allowing it to sprint from zero to 100kph in 5.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250kph.
"The new SLK embodies the role of the trend-setter like no other car," said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "I am convinced that with its passionate design, its high-quality interior and its modesty at the filling station it will continue to provide an enormous amount of fun on the road in future, too, consolidating its status as a cult roadster."
According to Mercedes-Benz, orders for the all-new SLK will be accepted from January 17 onwards.