20 years ago, Mercedes launched their SLK line-up that fundamentally redefined the roadster. In 1996, the SLK was released with an innovative convertible roof that made comfortable driving possible, even in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
This spring, the new 2017 Mercedes SLC models will be released. You will have two trim options will be available with the SLC 300 being the base model and the SLC 43 serving as the high performance option. To find out more of what you can expect to see from SLC models, keep reading.
While many consumers considered the SLK interior to present a cheap feel, Mercedes has taken steps to prevent that same impression with the SLC. For starters, the Nappa leather-wrapped seats will feature contrast stitching, as well as being perforated. Colour options will include saddle brown and platinum white. The steering wheel was not left out and will also be wrapped in perforated leather.
The infotainment system received an upgrade with a 7-inch screen. It will also include: Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, voice control, two USB ports, a hard-drive to store navigation data and a SD card reader.
Safety on the SLC models has been provided in the form of traction and stability control, auto-adjusting headlights that will automatically adjust according the driving conditions and lighting, the Mercedes Active Brake Assist and a rear-view camera. Additionally, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring will come standard on the SLC 43, but it will only be available for the SLC 300 as an option package.
Exterior Details Mercedes SLC 2016
One notable difference when compared to the SLK, is the front look of the SLC. The aggressive-looking SLC looks sportier than the previous SLK. The grill on the SLC 300 is black with a complementing chrome trim and silver louver. If you opt for the sports package, you will see a diamond grill that has a chrome finish. The night package includes a high-gloss black centre louver.
Another addition to the front of the SLC is the new headlights that flank the grill. The LED DRLs are housed with the headlights in a redesigned headlight housing. The hood closely resembles the SLK hood, but the design on the SLC makes it appear as though the grill folds over the front, creating the appearance of hood and grill being a single piece.
The rear of the SLC boast a SLK-ish appearance, but with more style. The LED taillights are similar to the outgoing SLK, but the review lights are placed at the bottom of the taillight housing. The large section of taillights on the SLC has been upgraded to two rectangles that are slanted and serve as both the brake and taillights. A 3D look is achieved on the air vents that are placed at each corner with the body wrapping around the vents.
Above each exhaust pipe, you will now find a reflector. To finish off the rear, a chrome finish diffuser has been added. The diffuser embellishes the lower portion of the rear and the inner parts of the rear. The electrohydraulic convertible top can open and close at speeds of up to 25 mph.
Engine Specs Mercedes SLC 2016
Just as the SLK it is replacing, the SLC line will be available in two different drive-train options. Like the SLK 250, the SLC 300 will be powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that is paired with the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. This setup will pushout 241 HP and 273 lb-ft. of torque, as well as going from 0-60 in under 6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
If that is not enough power, buyers can take it up a notch and get their hands on the SLC 43 that is powered by a 3.0 L, V-6. This drive-train package boast 362 HP and 384 lb-ft. of torque. Going from 0 – 60 in this model will take you a slim 4.6 seconds.
The Dynamic Select drive will be standard on both of these models. This system lets the driver select a performance mode (Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Eco and driver customized mode). If a buyer opts for the sport exhaust, they will be able to select the exhaust sound they think fits.
Release Date and Price Mercedes SLC 2016
While Mercedes has slated a spring of this year release date, they have not announced a price tag for either model. However, expect the prices to be similar to those of the outgoing SLK models. The SLC 300 should be in the neighbourhood of just under $44,000. The high-end SLC 43 will be closer to $71,000.