The long-running Mercedes-Benz SLC R172 (previously called the SLK) has been in the market for six years now. The brand seems to have no plan in making an all-new model but they are offering a new entry-level variant that is powered by a compact turbocharged engine.
Say hello to the 2017 SLC 180. It serves as the base model for the SLC range and is available only with a folding hardtop.
Based off the 2017 refresh (first revealed in 2015), the roadster features an aggressive front fascia that is dominated by the large three-pointed star and prominent headlights. Clean lines can be found along the side of the SLC 180 while a distinct set of taillights flank the rear quarter panels.
When specified with the AMG Line package, the roadster is spruced up with 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and a sports braking system. Other upgrades included in the package are active brake assist, cruise control and Artico seats.
As mentioned earlier, the 2017 SLC 180 is driven by a turbocharged motor. Displacing 1.6-liters, the four-cylinder puts out 158 PS along with 250 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox is only available as an option. With the manual transmisssion, Mercedes-Benz claimed it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 225 km/h.
Currently, the all-new SLC 180 is only available for the UK market. There is no word yet if Mercedes-Benz will offer the entry-level roadster in other global markets.