A touch of glass
It is still a year away, but this week we’re lifting the roof on the new Mercedes SLK, writes Paul Gover
THE roof will be something special on the coming replacement for the MercedesBenz SLK. The vario-roof, introduced on the original SLK as a folding metal hardtop, is going all glass with a switchable blackout system.
The new development is called Magic Sky Control and is confirmed by Benz this week.
But Carparazzi has more than a tease on the 2012 SLK. It has caught the complete car with barely any disguise.
The coming SLK is pictured at Daimler’s proving ground at Sindelfingen in Germany, where the brand does much of its basic test work, as well as the roads close to the brand’s headquarters.
The pictures show a car that is slightly larger than the current SLK, as well as more masculine in its basic lines and beefed up with a CLS-style nose and lamps similar to the coming tweak to the compact C-Class.
Carparazzi expects the SLK to go public early next year, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Sales will start in the final months of next year as a 2012 model.
The car is likely to continue with V6 engines and small petrol and diesel turbos, but there is also talk of a hybrid power pack and a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 for the AMG model. See more Carparazzi photos at carsguide.com.au