2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC revealed

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC revealed image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted December 17, 2015 11:26

The Mercedes-Benz roadster returns for 2017

The 2-door roadster from Mercedes-Benz has just received an update, along with a new name for 2017. Officially christened as the SLC (previously called the SLK), the renamed convertible sports a refreshed exterior, slightly tweaked interior and a range of new engines.

Starting from the outside, the 2017 SLC features a steeply-raked grill that highlights the arrow-shaped hood. It also has redesigned headlights that now come with LED daytime running lights and a new front bumper. The side relatively remains the same with its contoured lines, apart from the new alloy wheels which are available in either 16- or 18-inch sizes.

Moving to the rear, the diffuser-integrated rear bumper and the revised dual exhaust system gives off the 'dynamic potential' of the roadster as claimed by Mercedes-Benz. The LED taillights are narrower as well, providing a more aggressive tone for the 2017 SLC.

Rear quarter view of the 2017 Merc SLC

The retractable hardtop has been improved, according to the automaker, and can be deployed in speeds of up to 40 km/h.

Stepping inside, the cabin largely carries over, except for some upgrades. These include a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 'sun-reflecting' Nappa leather upholstery, 4.5-inch multi-information display and a refined COMAND infotainment system.

Inside the 2017 Merc SLC

Five engines will be available for the 2017 SLC and consist of turbocharged inline-fours and a twin-turbo V6. First is the entry-level 1.6-liter inline-four (SLC 180) that puts out 156 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Next is the bigger 2.0-liter inline-four (SLC 200) which doles out 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque. The most powerful 2.0-liter motor can be found on the SLC 300. It pushes out 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque.

The only turbo-diesel available can be had in the SLC 250 d. Displacing 2.2-liters, it produces 150 PS and a massive torque output of 500 Nm.

Under the hood of the 2017 Merc SLC

At the top of the range is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 available in the SLC 43 AMG. It delivers 367 PS and an earth-shaking 520 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The SLC 180 and SLC 200 will come standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox while the SLC 300, SLC 250 d and SLC 43 AMG are all fitted with the 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.