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

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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

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