• May 7th 2010 at 8:27AM
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A few eagle-eyed spies have laid their peepers on what appears to be the next iteration of the Mercedes-Benz SLK. The shooters managed to nab the car with significantly less camouflage than we're used to seeing, allowing the interwebs a quick look at what the car's new nose job should look like. From what we can tell, the Silver Arrow's designers have decided to pull from the same gene pool as the SLS AMG when it comes to the car's new fenders, fascia and hood.
Usually that would be a good thing, though we're having a hard time swallowing that new upright grille. Yes, the language looks right at home on the new Gullwing, but on the baby SLK we're getting whiffs of Dodge Caliber from the look. We're hoping that's something we stepped in.

Regardless of whether or not you can get behind the new face of the SLK, rumors of what will find its way behind those new headlights will likely set your heart a flutter. The whispers cruising around the web right now say the company is mulling a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 good for an insane 476 horsepower.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe that nose was a parting gift from Chrysler...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So are these upright noses and raised hoods due to the damn pedestrian crash standards? Stupid rules making cars look ugly....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm gonna guess that crosshair grille is just to cover up the M-B emblem, and that it'll be "suspended" by the one bar going across, like on the SLS.

      Either way, I don't particularly like where this design is going. Making the SLK look like a baby SLS is...well, I don't know. It just doesn't appeal to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's hard to tell with the camo, but I don't think that grill works very well on the SLK. I like it on the SLS, but it seems awkward here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen. And I also think that plastering the SLS face onto everything coming out of Stuttgart cheapens that car's appeal and unique aesthetic. I know the current SLK's nose is a bit controversial, but I actually think it makes it one of the most distinctive and menacing roadsters out there. The odds of ever seeing an SLR on the street are next to nothing so the SLK really had the market on that pseudo-F1 appearance. Tsk tsk, Mercedes...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its funny the only reason it had a pointy nose in the first place was because it was replicating the McLaren SLR's nose. Now that they have their own supercar they figured why make it pointly still.

        Bad choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone pulled to hard on the nose. Uh-gly
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a cross between a Dodge truck(the grill) and a chevy Camero! One a decent ugly truck, the other a POS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dodge grille! My first thought too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obviously until all the camo comes off, it's tough to really tell what it will look like, but right now it looks some kind of Dodge SLK what with that gunsight grill.

      I fear that Mercedes styling might be going from bad to worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always thought of the original SLK design to be one of the best from MB. I personally loved the simple shapes and theme. No crazy twists and turns, just clean lines.

      The second generation got weird with that F1-esque schnozz, but I was hoping a follow-on would nix that thing.

      And then the SLS comes along, and now we know where MB's corporate "face" is headed.

      Suddenly, the Acura TL grille is starting to not look quite so ugly...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really did like the F1 grill alot and i'm actually looking at buying used SLK in years time.

        Thta above at least with the camo doesn't look good at all, but hard to say anything final yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But 476 horsepower can make anything beautiful. Ish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vulgarity marches at MB design. If no maker can implement
      convertible-hardtop design with grace then they should stop trying
      already- just let them all die and to join the Ford Fairlanes
      in history's dustbin.
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