What is it?
Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the message Mercedes-Benz is extolling with the SLC. Don’t be fooled, though. Despite the change in name, the two-seat roadster is nothing more than a mildly facelifted version of the third-generation SLK, which first hit UK showrooms back in 2011. Not so new, then.
Among the subtle mid-life styling changes brought to Mercedes-Benz’s compact roadster are a redesigned front bumper with larger ducts for improved engine bay cooling, an altered grille design and revised headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and fresh internal graphics. At the rear, there are new LED tail-light graphics and a reprofiled bumper with integrated tailpipes and a more pronounced diffuser element.
Revisions to the operating procedure of the SLC’s folding hard-top now allow it to be opened without having to manually set the luggage cover in place. It also now operates at speeds of up to 25mph, allowing it to be opened and closed while setting off rather than at a standstill, as with the older SLK. Buyers can continue to order the optional Magic Sky Control glass roof, which employs an electrochromic process to vary the amount of light entering the cabin.