SLK caught in the act
A disguised Merc hints at 2011, writes PAUL GOVER
IT WILL be two years before Mercedes-Benz has a serious challenger to BMW’s gorgeous new Z4 roadster. The CLK is already dead, though the last handful are still lurking in Australian showrooms, and development work on its other new droptops will not produce a result until some time next year.
The born-again Gullwing sports car is coming this year, most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
But the E-Class convertible that takes over from the CLK is a 2010 proposition.
But there is something else, with the forthcoming replacement for the SLK caught during testing last week in Europe.
The third-generation SLK, caught by Carparazzi, is running in heavy disguise, but there are clear pointers to the car that will be on the road in Australia in 2011.
The folding metal roof continues and the grille and headlamps are more upright and squared-off than the current SLK.
The car loses the F1-inspired nose seen on the McLaren-Mercedes SLF for a smoother look that’s more in line with the latest E-Class sedan. Other tweaks ex- pected are daytime LED running lamps, the new Mercedes door handles and larger external mirrors ‘‘standing’’ on the door instead of ahead of the side window.