By: Joseph Capparella
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The last remaining manual-transmission model in Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. lineup, the SLK250 roadster, disappears for 2016 as the compact SLK receives a new powertrain along with other updates. Replacing the SLK250 is the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300, which comes with a larger four-cylinder turbo engine and the company’s new nine-speed automatic transmission.
2014 Mercedes Benz SLK 250 Rear End View In Motion
This new turbocharged four-cylinder is essentially the same unit from the Mercedes-Benz C300, where it makes 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s a significant upgrade from the current SLK250’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder and its 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. The new nine-speed automatic transmission should provide better fuel economy too, as the old SLK250 used either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The V-6-powered Mercedes-Benz SLK350 sticks around for 2016 without updates, as does the V-8-powered SLK55 AMG. There are a few new colors for these models, as well as equipment updates like simplified option packages and the availability of a blind-spot monitoring system as a stand-alone option. The SLK55 AMG also has a newly available AMG Carbon Styling Package.
The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 will cost a bit more than the SLK250, with the new model priced at $47,925, a $3,050 increase. The 2016 SLK350 costs $1,550 more, at $60,125, and the SLK55 is $1,700 more, at $73,525 to start, all including destination.
After this relatively minor 2016 update, an all-new version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible should arrive within the next year or so, renamed SLC to reflect Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature.