the slk lost its identity with the 172 family front end. The 170/171 are great looking cars.
p.s feel free to bash me but its just my opinion and we all have different ones
Seriously? One of the best things about the SLK is you can't tell what engine is in it unless you know what you're looking for. The SLK55 R172 is instantly identifiable from the front by it's totally different headlamps with HUGE DRLs and from the back by the 4 tailpipes.I agree on your comments and talked a client out on getting a 172 model
And hes is now glad he did not .
Its the front end it does not look sporty enough .
And the amg version does not stand out enough compared to a basic 250 cdi as such you gotta look really hard as such .
Just my opinion
Maybe in the USA, and for petrol cars generally but in the UK and Europe the diesel models are exceeding all sales expectations. In the UK there are very nearly 11,000 CDi 250's on the road, all built in the last 4 years. There are about 14,000 SLK 200's and 11,000 SLK 230's. All the rest add up to about another 10,000. So in 4 years the diesel has sold 25% of all the SLKs on the road and the other cars largely built up their numbers in the early 2000's. There is no doubt they are promoting ithe diesel heavily and they are discounting and doing very cheap leases, but it's a phenomenal sales success. If there was no CDi, it's very unlikely there would be an SLC.Sales are in the Toilet on the SLK.
I steered him in to keeping his slk 171 amg spec non face lift one . :grin:Seriously? One of the best things about the SLK is you can't tell what engine is in it unless you know what you're looking for. The SLK55 R172 is instantly identifiable from the front by it's totally different headlamps with HUGE DRLs and from the back by the 4 tailpipes.
If anything, the R171 SLK55 is even less easy to differentiate from smaller engined models.
As for what the front looks like, that's personal taste. You like the R171 and so do I. But I wouldn't buy one.
As for actually putting someone off an SLK - what did you steer the poor soul into instead?
How come you give him/her links but you make me look it up?Old news my friend Visit us more often!
The SLK will become the SLC.
Should not change to R173 until year 2019 or so based on earlier generation years
The only fly in the ointment with that attitude is that you end up with the same car every time. Have you seen the Mk III Audi TT.? How would you know? It looks VERY similar to the Mk II.I steered him in to keeping his slk 171 amg spec non face lift one . :grin:
The trouble is most modern mercs have the same style front end as such and parked along side they look very simular .
The 170 and 171 do look totally diff .
If they kept the same ish front end look as the 171 id go for the 172 .
As the rest of the car especially the back end looks good . :smile:
I had the 170 facelift as the early one did not appeal to me .The only fly in the ointment with that attitude is that you end up with the same car every time. Have you seen the Mk III Audi TT.? How would you know? It looks VERY similar to the Mk II.
If they don't change anything you'd just complain that it looked the same and why should you change what you're happy with?
They basically can't win. If they go for something radical it's 50:50 if it's a hit or not. The R170 was a huge hit. The R171 was always going to be a poison chalice. Make it properly different and you risk losing the existing owner base. Make it too subtle and no-one sees any need to change.
To evolve the new model they subtly renew it in line with the current house style. If you don't like the house style, you're stuck basically.
It's a good thing you like your R171 because the SLC is an R172 with the same nose as the new C-class (big air scoops either side of the bumper under the headlamps). So you're probably not going to love that either. I liked the R171 but I wouldn't get one because I have to have a Diesel. With R172 they gave me Diesel (and a stonking Diesel at that) so I'm on my second in 4 years. Ií genuinely love my car. Would I love it more with an R171 nose? Possibly. But I can't see it when I'm in it and that makes it OK.
The way I see the range developing they are abandoning the bottom end of the power market to diesel and offering a much better spread of power across the petrol range.I'm loving my 2012 SLK and it's the third gen SLK I've been lucky to own. Talking to my MB salesman a few weeks ago, the SLC will be the new name on the 2016 facelift. Anyone else thinking of buying one in March 2016?