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.
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.
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.
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.