• Oct 11th 2010 at 3:58PM
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The roof of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK has been teased, giving us a glimpse of the Magic Sky Control that could be contained within. As with the panorama roof on the big daddy SL roadster, there's quite a bit of 'bezel' around the central open area, probably containing the electrical components necessary to work that 'magic'.

The roof will be opaque normally, and there will be no electrical action going on. At the press of a button, however, a charge will be run through the top panel which will arrange particles contained in the glass to allow light to pass through. Voila, magic. Or physics, take your pick. The next SLK will show itself in person at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz, Auto Express]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      i wonder how much this option will run you...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I imagined that this would be more useful for a fixed-roof coupe or sedan. A HT-convertible already gives you the best of both worlds, so this sounds like a costly gimmick in the case of the SLK.

      Good tech, though. I believe the Maybach sedans have this available as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhm, people do drive in Winter and while it's raining, just because either of theses 2 events are occurring, doesn't mean you won't want more natural light inside your cabin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybach had this when it was introduced a long time ago.

      Nice to see it trickling down to the regular models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And someday...it'll be in entry level cars that have pano roofs

      Cant wait for this to be the new norm
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a paramedic, and some of our ambulances have a similar feature for patient privacy. Press and button and the windows in the back go from clear to a hazy white that you can barely see through. I'm sure Merc's will allow a little more adjust-ability, so theres more than just "on" and "off".
      • 4 Years Ago
      This feature, however neat it is, has what must rank among the most lame names.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is quite lame. I thought Mercedes always put "matic" at the end of their "catchphrases"... 4Matic, TeleMatic, whatevermatic.

        SkyMatic ... I'm waiting for it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah you're right

        M-B also is using the word 'magic' in one of their suspensions or sth like that

        how dumb are M-B owners

        you show up at hte dealer adn all the salesman has to say is, but this one has a magic blah and there's a sale?

        • 4 Years Ago
        If I am not mistaken, Maybach already has this - which goes to show you how upper-end technology trickles down eventually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see even greater benefits, such as a security feature.

      Think about it: this application could be applied to all the vehicle's windows, so that when you park the car, all the windows go black (opaque). For wagons, SUVs and hatchbacks there would no longer be a need for a retractable cargo cover to hide items.

      When you start up, the windows automatically become transparent so that you can drive off. I think it's a terrific idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That bezel is so big it seems like you're just paying a pile of cash for a fixed moonroof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe Lincoln foretold of this wonderous technology back in 1995 on it's Mark X concept, except they had touch screen control...Ooooo!
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