Mercedes third-generation SLK has been spied testing in Italy.
The new Mercedes SLK will not be a radical departure from the current model; it remains a two-seat, rear-drive roadster with a two-piece folding hard-top.
Mercedes has decided against adding two occasional seats in the rear to increase the car’s practicality. While its chief rival, the BMW Z4, has grown bigger, the new SLK will retain similar dimensions to the current generation model.
Although this test car is very heavily disguised, it’s easy to see that the biggest change will be to the new SLK’s front end, where the current model’s triangular SLR-style nose will be replaced by a flatter grille more like the SL’s.
LED driving lamps set into the lower half of the front bumper are just visible behind the disguise.
Expect the new SLK to have a range of four and six-cylinder petrol engines, with a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 rumoured for an AMG model. It is also likely the SLK will get a diesel for the first time.
The next SLK is expected to go on sale in 2011.