When Mercedes unveiled theMercedes SLK back in 1996 it proved to be a very successful model. Then, the Merceds received a facelift in the second generation back in 2004 that left us with a revised body and enhanced performance. This second generation SLK went on to considered one of Car and Driver’s Ten Best and won the Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Convertible award. Unfortunately, it seems we have arrived at another fork in the road that can leave a withering SLK or allow it to transform, yet again, into the popular vehicle it once was. Mercedes seems to have chosen the latter route and recent spy shots reveal some pretty impressive changes.

Of course, the brand new SLS AMG will serve as model for the next generation Mercedes SLK. We also noticed that Mercedes has decided to ditch the F1 nose. That, together with a less optical tapered rectangular grille, a large chrome bar, and an optional glass roof leave us pretty satisfied with the model.

The SLK will welcome a diesel engine for the first time and in 2012 with also see a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm. The SLK 250 CDI will be well equipped to tease theAudi TT Roadster TDI and Alfa Romeo Spider. A SLK 350 CGI will be powered by the new 306 hp V6 engine and will aim at models like the BMW Z4.

The new SLK will be revealed by the end of the year and sales will begin in early 2011.

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Source: Automobile Magazine

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6 comments:

  (309) posted on 08.27.2010

I wish I can take this home. I love it!

  (745) posted on 08.26.2010

Three years from now? Or years ago? I’m confused.

  (544) posted on 05.11.2010

hmm IMO if this would be competing the Z4. I bet many will turn their eyes on it than the Z4. It looks more aggressive and sporty than the Z4, plus it’s easy to enhance it’s aero dynamic kits.

  (387) posted on 05.11.2010

Well, I guess Mercedes SLK has improved which transform it to a gorgeous and pretty impressive changes.

  (462) posted on 05.10.2010

I agree that the SLK 55 is very nice and manly (due to the changed bumpers, skirts and exhaust pipes). But the other ones are chick cars. Not that it’s a bad thing, it looks good when a girl drives a nice, stylish, chic car.

  (612) posted on 05.7.2010

It’s been a while since they release a roadster version of the SLK. If I’m not mistaken the last roadster they release was the SLK Compressor... And that model is already 3 years from now.

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