Revealed: the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster
Just in time for Easter, the new 2016 Mercedes SLC will arrive with “sharpened styling, significantly optimised technology and an exciting new model line-up”. The new two-seater compact roadster remains true to the original SLK 1996’s aspirations, even as it launches with a new name.
Initially Mercedes are offering a range of four cars. The entry-level SLC 200 offers 184bhp from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and using the same engine, the SLC 300 achieves 245bhp. Sitting between those is the SLC 250d that features a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 204bhp. The fourth is a new range-topping trim level: the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43. The AMG version of the model is the most powerful with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine capable of 367bhp.
For all UK models except the entry-level 200, a nine-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard. The SLC 200 features a six-speed manual gearbox. Mercedes have also said that the SLC 250d remains the efficiency champion with just 114g/km of CO2 emissions.
The new design captures a more aggressive front end with the raked diamond radiator grille and arrow-like bonnet shape. The rear has also been given a more masculine feel, with sweeping curves and a striking new bumper. The electro-hydraulic vario roof can be opened or closed without having to leave the car and can now be operated up to speeds of 25mph.
The facelift for the SLC continues inside the car. High quality finishes are strewn throughout the interior and a new, improved steering wheel has been fitted as standard. The latest in-car technology is available, with the most prominent being the large 4.5-inch multifunction display and the even larger 7-inch media display – both are controlled by stylish black dials. Mercedes’ advanced COMAND Online infotainment system is also available as an optional extra.
Other standard and optional features include: Keyless-Go, Active Brake Assist, Dynamic Select, Dynamic Cornering Assist, Dynamic Handling (package), LED lighting system, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, heated seats, and Mercedes’ Airscarf neck-level heating system.
The new Mercedes SLC will arrive in showrooms next April, with orders expected to start in January.