Mercedes-Benz have unveiled the new SLC Roadster ahead of its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The new SLC Class is a direct replacement for the SLK class and the new name is more in line with Mercedes' new nomenclature for their cars.
The SLC is available in five different variants, the SLC180, SLC200, SLC250d, SLC300 and the Range topping SLC43AMG. All variants except for the 180 and 200 come with the new Mercedes nine-speed automatic gearbox. The 18 nad 200 get a six-speed manual gearbox with the automatic as an optional extra.
The SLC180 is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 154bhp and 250Nm of torque. Both the SLC200 and the SLC300 are powered by a 1.9-litre turbocharged fourpot that produces 181bhp and 300Nm of torque in the 200 and 241bhp and 370Nm of torque. The SLC250d is powered by Mercedes' 2.1-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit that pushes out 201bhp and 500Nm of torque.
Sitting at the top of the new SLC range is SLC43 AMG which is powered by a turbocharged three-litre V6 which pumps out 362bhp. It also pushes out 520Nm of torque, all of which is available from just 2000rpm. 0–100km/h takes just 4.7 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250km/h.
Style wise, the new SLC has a new front bumper with larger intakes for improved engine cooling, an altered grille with diamond-shaped insert design and new headlights with LED daytime running lights integrated into the unit itself. The rear of the new SLC also sees quite a few changes, with new LED tail-light graphics and tailpipes integrated into the bumper as well as a more noticeable diffuser.
The interiors of the car remain quite similar to the one in the SLK with the only major change being a larger 4-inch infotainment display. The folding roof can now be opened without having to manually set the luggage cover in place and can be operated at speeds up to 40km/h.
Prices have not been revealed and the car is expected to hit the streets in March 2016, 20 years after the original SLK was launched.