Mercedes Benz an officially unveiled all-new coupe named 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, at 2016 NAIAS. After 20 years, SLK class becomes known as SLC class. 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC will not only adopt German automaker’s new naming strategy, but a fresh design as well. This is the least they could have given it since current models represent some of the oldest ones in entire Mercedes’ fleet.
The Engine range
New generation named SLC starts from next year which means that 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC lineup will feature all three units that it does now. This is important to note because initial releases probably won’t include AMG roadsters. SLC 250 and SLC 350 will most likely continue to offer the same duo of engines that they do now. Former will continue with 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque, while later will get naturally aspirated 3.5L V-6 which generates 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
It seems that SLC 55 AMG might discard its 5.5L V-8 in favor of 4.0L biturbo V-8 which is supposed to deliver more than 415 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. In true roadster fashion, all models will remain to be offered with front engine – rear-wheel drive layout and with either 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
|The Engine range|
|Rated output||241 HP @ 5.500 RPM|
|Rated torque||273 LB-FT @ 1300-4000 RPM|
|Acceleration 0-60||5.7 seconds|
|Max speed||130 MPH|
Design – Inside and Outside look
There’s hardly a lot one could do to make SLK, or SLC roadster for that matter, better than it currently is. These coupes are beyond handsome, but still, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC will feature more than few revisions. However, revised bumpers, lights, grille and exhaust tips won’t look that different than current ones. Slight changes should be enough to prolong current design’s life for two or three more years.
Same goes for interior. New SLC models won’t go through revolutionary changes, but should still get new materials and updated infotainment system. Otherwise, both tech feature list and cabin layout shouldn’t be changed. Handsome, upright sporty dashboard with circular airvents is among the best in the segment. Middle tunnel and center stack are more angular than one would have expected. Touch screen display does all infotainment duties and controls audio together with 500-watt Harman Kardon sound system.
There’s also 10 GB of storage for your music which could have been upgraded. Safety features aren’t as prolific as in other Mercedes-Benz nameplates. SLC is a roadster after all. In any case, you’ll get front and rear parking sensors with automated parallel-parking maneuvers.
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Price & MPG
Base models even offer quite good fuel economy figures. Turbo four is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. V-6 models earn 21/29 mpg which is still respectable, and V-8’s are rated at 19/28 mpg.
Of course, it remains to be seen what kind of figures will new twin-turbo V-8 return, if German engineers decide to introduce it, that is. Prices between $44,000 for SLC 250 and $71,000 for SLC 55 AMG shouldn’t be changed.
The biggest rivals are: Audi TT Roadster and BMW Z4.
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC class will just continue where its differently named predecessors left off. Apart from possible new powertrain which would leave Mercedes without a single normally aspirated V-8, there’s just nothing worth mentioning in terms of radical changes. Roadsters are still stylish, versatile and not as fast as their competitors.
- new design, refreshed style
- the new engine updates
- SLC again on the market
- with this model, SLK is disappeared