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Mercedes-Benz: Out with the SLK, in with the SLC

Mercedes-Benz has announced details of the new SLC roadster, which replaces the SLK that has been around for 20 years, believe it or not. Feeling old?

The Mercedes-Benz SLC has been given a modest facelift and a name change as part of a rebadging policy, which has already seen the ML crossover become the GLE. SLC was last used on a Merc on the 107-edition SL back in 1971.

SLC buyers have a choice of four engines, including an entry-level SLC 200 Sport that has 184hp and is mated to a six-speed manual or an optional 9G-Tronic automatic. CO2 emissions are 150g/km with the manual and 138g/km with the auto.

The same 2.0-litre petrol also comes in SLC 300 form, which has an output of 245hp and the 9G automatic gearbox as standard. Then there’s the 2.1-litre diesel SLC 250 d, which has 204hp and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

Atop the range is the Mercedes-AMG CLS 43, which has a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo with 367hp and 520Nm of torque. 0-62mph takes 4.7 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Meanwhile CO2 emissions come in at 178g/km – a saving of 20g/km on the outgoing SLK 55 AMG.

The SLC 43 costs £46,355, making it £8,995 cheaper than the SLK 55 AMG. Standard extras include an AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, Airscarf neck-level heating, Parktronic and parking guidance, LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, IWC analogue clock and Garmin Map Pilot with Live Traffic Information.

In terms of performance-related extras, the SLC 43 is equipped with an AMG sports exhaust system, AMG Handling Package and AMG performance braking system with red calipers.

All other engines come in either Sport or AMG Line trim. Standard equipment for both includes LED daytime running lights, 17-inch five-spoke alloys, sports pedals, LED tail lights, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, chrome-plated twin exhaust system, remote boot lid release and Headlamp Assist.

An extra £765 gets you the Keyless Go, which includes an automatic boot separator. This gadget lowers the boot separator for you when the roof is lowered, saving the need to do it manually.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC is available to order now, with prices starting from £30,495 for the SLC 200 Sport manual, from £39,385 for the SLC 300 auto and from £32,995 for the SLC 250 d auto.

Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster pictures

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