• Mar 10, 2011
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Mercedes-Benz
has released studio shots of the newly-redesigned SLK Roadster, which debuts later this year as a 2012 model. The new SLK will be the third generation of Mercedes' entry-level convertible.

The redesign moves the SLK's shape further toward its higher-end brethren, and introduces Merc's new panoramic vario roof with Magic Sky Control, which means the car's glass roof can change its tint.

Mercedes has redesigned the SLK's engines, offering four- and six-cylinder mills with electronic stop-start as standard. Mercedes claims the new engines are about 25 percent more efficient than the mills in the last-generation SLK. Initially, the SLK will be available with a seven-speed auto, but Mercedes promises they will add a traditional six-speed manual in the future.



[Source: Mercedes-Benz]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I still can't decide if I like the new look of this car. I wasn't much of a fan of the previous generation either, but that new Magic Sky roof is pretty trick. The design language that works on the SLS and new CLS doesn't seem to translate as well to this smaller package, but it may certainly grow on me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel like it has the same blunt nose and pulled back headlight look of the new 6-series from some angles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer the previous generation
        • 3 Years Ago
        Same here. The previous car was extremely good looking in some trims.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think all the horizontal lines are supposed to convey strength and apply a more masculine design theme but they become a bit too much and it struggles with some needless design elements with creases and ports that dont add any function or beauty. Count me in as liking the older one, this one could look good with less needless over styling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ditto. too blocky. while the design language is great on a longer hood vehicle (SL, or even C-series), here it just clumps it up. previous generation is much more scalable from a perspective of applying gracefully to the SL and the SLK
      • 3 Years Ago
      The grill is WAY too big for this car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with a lot of the posts....the car just does not look proportional. The front end is way too bulky to be on such a small car. Its like they ripped it off the CLS and didn't bother scaling it down. Not really a fan of the rear either....then again, I was never a fan of any of these cars in the first place!

      • 3 Years Ago
      Never mind the car, I can't believe the chief editor of advertising/marketing missed the "action" shot of the blonde lady "driving" the car (pic 19 in the sequence). That car is still in PARK and it's not running! I can appreciate that most action shots these days are worked over using blur effects, but this is unacceptable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really liked the looks of the previous 2 generations, but will withhold judgment on #3 until I see one in person. I'm wondering if that "strong" grill and hood may look out of proportion on such a small car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car seems to somehow look quite a bit better in non AMG trim. Nose is awkward and overly square looking no matter which angle it's shown from. All those unnecessary lines and creases in mercs these days, as if they're aping bmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      blah!
      undoubtedly it will sell because it's a small mercedes roadster but blah! It just looks really awkward from most angles and the grill just makes me think of the Volvo "the grill must be vertical" design requirement.

      interior is also rather uninspiring in what is meant to be a luxury/sports car...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another fussy and overstyled Mercedes, which is what happens when Germans try to design expressive cars. Meh...
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