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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class


After quite a long time now, and many teaser images, Mercedes has finally dropped the official details on the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster. The model gets a totally new design, inspired by the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, an innovative interior with features like Magic Sky Control.

The US market will get two petrol models - SLK 350 and SLK 250 - and, for the first time, a new 250 CDI model. Depending on the trim the new SLK will get a V6 or a four-cylinder engine, or the brand new diesel variant. The diesel powered Merc will get a 2.1 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine dishing out 204 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque. These engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or a 7G‑TRONIC PLUS transmission. The fuel economy has been considerable improved, while the top speed is limited as usual at 155 mph.

UPDATE 10/13/2011 : Mercedes has unveiled new images of the new generation SLK-Class. Check them out in the gallery provided!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster.

Exterior

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The new SLK Roadster keeps its classic roadster proportions, but features a totally new design that resembles the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s. The front is distinguished by upright radiator grille with contoured chromed fin, a long and well-proportioned hood with light-catching contours and wide headlamps – which for the first time boast all-LED technology. The front is generally more striking, steeper front and larger, with the Cd cut to just 0.30.

The SLK’s side profile is also defined by fine details that embodies aesthetics of the highest caliber and is a visual cue to the sportiness and driving pleasure in store. The ventilation grilles in the front fenders also get chromed fin, reminiscent of the famous Mercedes-Benz roadsters of the 1950s. The rear is dominated by a muscular wing.

Interior

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Like with the exterior, the interior is also characterized by stylish sportiness and high-quality, authentic materials: the center console and other trim parts are brushed in aluminum, or on client’s request in high quality wood offered in high-gloss dark brown walnut or high-gloss black ash. The round dials are flanked by a display for the information generated by the online computer, while the top of the dashboard gets a fine analogue clock. The multifunction sports steering wheel and the sun-reflecting leather are covered in leather.

Of course one of the most important features of the new SLK Roadster is the MAGIC SKY CONTROL. This glass roof switches to light or dark as you wish at the press of a button. When light it is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up when the sun’s rays are very intense.

But if this feature is just to expensive for you, there is also a roof painted in the vehicle color or a panoramic vario-roof with dark-tinted windows.

Engine

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The US Market will receive two SLK models in its first year. First is the SLK350 powered by a 3.5 liter direct injected engine that delivers a total of 302 HP. The SLK350 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph and has a fuel consumption of 7.1 liters (NEDC, combined) over 100 kilometers (167 g of CO2 per kilometer). The V6 engine has been completely newly developed. Its most important hallmarks are its 3rd-generation direct injection, piezo injectors and multi-spark ignition.

The second model is a SLK250 powered by a 1.8 four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 201 mph. This engine will be mated to a a 6-speed manual transmission and and delivers an estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg (combined). It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6,5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

Next to these two models, the European market will also get a SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY - the most economical roadster in its segment. It is powered by the same 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine as the SLK250, but only delivers 184 HP. When equipped with a 7G‑TRONIC PLUS it consumes just 6.1 liters of premium petrol (NEDC, combined) over 100 kilometers (that corresponds to 142 g of CO2 per kilometer). The sprint from0 to 60 mph is made in 7.0 seconds, while top speed is 149 mph.

For the first time, Mercedes will also be offering a diesel variant for the Mercedes SLK roadster. The SLK 250 CDI will be powered by a a 2.1 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel dishing out 204 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque. The small and mighty engine has been coupled with Mercedes-Benz’s smooth 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. With Mercedes’ fourth generation common rail injection, the environment and its occupants can breath easy. The emission rate is only 132 grams/4.66 oz of CO2 per km/.62 miles. This gives the SLK an impressive 56.5 mpg of fuel-sipping fun. Stand back in amazement.

Prices

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The 2012 SLK-Class makes its U.S. showroom debut in Summer 2011, with prices starting at $54,800 for the SLK350 roadster. We’ll have to wait on prices for the SLK250 as they will be announced at a later date. At $60,065, the SLK 250 CDI is one of the more expensive roadsters in its market, but it promises to be fun, and of course, luxurious.

On the European market, orders have been accepted since January 17, 2011. Prices are as follows: SLK 200 38,675 euros; SLK 250 44,256.10 euros; SLK 250 CDI 41,828.50 euros; and SLK 350 52,300.50 euros.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

With all the changes made to the new SLK, models like the BMW Z4 and the Nissan 370Z Roadster are in lots of trouble. The SLK has the advantage that it will offer a four-cylinder engine right from the beginning, while the Z4 will have to wait until 2012 for that kind of offering. The Nissan 370Z Roadster, on the other hand, has the advantage of being cheaper than both of the other options.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
LOVE IT
  • Impressive exterior design
  • Improved fuel economy, better performance numbers
  • Both automatic and manual
LEAVE IT
  • No SLK 200 for the US market
  • Less expensive prices on competition models



77 comments:

Well now, this one actually looks promising. When I first saw the teaser images for the SLK, I already had a feeling that it would be a great car. And now seeing this, I am not disappointed.

The US market will only get two models: SLK 350 and SLK 250, but the European market also gets a SLK 200 versions. The fuel economy has been considerable improved, while the top speed is limited as usual at 155 mph.

I am sure the same posters prob. think Audi TT is a chick car too. Recently I had a chance to drive a TTS version. That car was a lot of fun!! I don’t care if "macho" guys in Mustang GTs and Corvettes will label a TTS a chick car. That’s why we have choices on the market.

The Z4 "isn’t a girls car because of driving dynamics"? What does that make a Rolls Royce Phantom then? A grandmas car?

well,I can say that I’m proudly to say that the new version of 2012 Mercedes-Benz
is going to have progress rapidly,certainly it is the best experience riding this car,It provides a high confidence and stands up handling ability to travel using this car.

well A guy that drives a Miata is usually quite confident with his manhood, unlike most guys who drive Z4s unless it was the quirky but awesome Z4 Coupe.

Sorry but everyone knows the SLK is a woman’s car. The Z4 touches on it but due to its more spirited drive, it can lean to a guy but still more feminine than the Mazda Miata which is more of a guy’s car due to its sheer simplicity.

well you know, having this one is a different feeling, the pride and the feeling is different. also the performance of the car and the comfort far superior. yes the EVO is fast but the Merc is more reliable and got a lot of pride.

it looks great but the engine is only v4 2.0L Turbo engine, and has only 2++ ponies under the hood.but a pricey one, so why bother buying it? i would rather have an EVO X than having this one.

yeah are you saying that you don’t like the analog clock in dash? I don’t like it either. hahaha looks more like an oldies collaborated with modern car. but i like the performance though.

for me, there are something that I don’t like about the interior design that just don’t right, but i think its headed right for an improvement over the previous and current version of SLK.

Even take a closer look at the new interior shots that reveal some bits of trim here and there. It looks a lot like an SLS interior.

What we’d really like to see happen is for the SLK to shake the chick-car looks. Hopefully the SL-inspired nose helps, but an illustration of the 2012 car highlighting the various safety systems shows proportions nearly unchanged from the current model. We’ll have to wait just a bit longer to get our first full look at the new SLK.

Is Benz doing the right thing here by channeling in some of its halo car? OR, is the brand destroying the special qualities the SLS boasts?

Of course, the models produced by Bugatti would only be addressed to a limited number of people and will have exorbitant prices, but even so, this could be much more profitable for Volkswagen Group than the Bugatti brand is in the current state.

It also appears that the new design will ditch the soft body lines of the current model in place of a more aggressive styling including the more pronounced, hard-edged rear wheel arches.

I still hate the bottom up comments for front page stories and the fact that I have to sign in 2x, once for front page comments and again for Straightline/Long-term comments.

The 16 C concept features the traditional Bugatti radiator complimented by big round LED lit headlamps and the clamshell running the length of the vehicle, which became synonymous with the brand identity under Jean Bugatti in the Type 57.

In a surprising move, Mercedes-Benz released pictures and information about the new Magic Sky Control roof being tested in Death Valley, but while the exterior is masked to keep the new design a secret, the unique roof panel is easy to see.

In the blazing 104 degree heat with the top down, this tool measured a sun load that was 20 times greater than the amount recorded when the electrochromic glass is at its darkest

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