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As well as dropping the ‘K' in favor of a ‘C,' Mercedes-Benz's compact, drop top sportscar is also getting a new look, new engines and new technology for 2016.

Set to make its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the new SLC (which is replacing the SLK) won't be going on sale until April, but for those that like ferocious power, wind-in-the-hair motoring but no compromises when it comes to inner-city manoeuvrability or everyday cosseting, it will be worth the wait.


"In 1996, Mercedes-Benz redefined the roadster with its innovative vario-roof and combined open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather," said Ola Källenius, the company's head of sales and marketing. "The renamed compact roadster remains an ideal combination of passion and rational common sense, appealing to both the heart and the mind."

Nowhere is this truer than in the new six-model line up which offers a diesel and, for the first time, a 1.6-liter entry-level option. Even the range topping AMG 43 will serve up its power with responsibility.


With a twin-turbo 3-liter V6, it's capable of going from 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds and of outputting 362bhp via a nine-speed gearbox complete with a range of pre-set driving modes for comfort, economy or break-neck speed. The outgoing SLK AMG had a huge V8 engine and lashings more horsepower, but it was only 0.1 seconds faster off the mark and is incapable of returning the new car's 7.8 l/100 km.


Regardless of powerplant, all new SLCs come with the same revised nose, sloping hood and diamond grille that brings the car in line with Mercedes' other sportier offerings — the AMG-GT and the SL. The folding metal Vario Roof has also been given a serious upgrade. It will now automatically raise or lower at speeds of up to 40kph and now also knows if there is too much luggage in the trunk to retract into the available space.


For those that are worried about catching the sun but still want to feel like the roof is down, the car can be specified with Magic Sky Control. This system allows the panoramic glass roof to stay in place but to tint or untint at the touch of a button to let the light in or keep it out.


Mercedes will announce pricing for the new car in Detroit on January 11.
 

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"The folding metal Vario Roof has also been given a serious upgrade. It will now automatically raise or lower at speeds of up to 40kph"

This, I can live with. The new grille design, not so much :)
 

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And that stupid SL shifter they are moving towards...yuck. Which by the way is extremely EASY to accidentally FORGET to put it into PARK unless you press that 'P' button.

You can't even upshift/downshift with the stick anymore!!!

And we don't even get the redesigned media/touch controller.

LAME!!

I had very high hopes for the SLC. I'm actually glad I don't like it because now I won't be needing to start all over on payments (lol) and can have this '13 paid off by next summer. YAY.
 

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No real chrome exhaust tailpipe ends which are £125.00 each .
So we get false plastic trims as part of the bumper trim .
And a look underneath basic exhaust tailpipes . :grin:


It dont seem to be going down to well with a lot of people on here .

Will they come out with a face lift to face lift this model ? :wink:
 

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No real chrome exhaust tailpipe ends which are £125.00 each .
So we get false plastic trims as part of the bumper trim .
And a look underneath basic exhaust tailpipes . :grin:


It dont seem to be going down to well with a lot of people on here .

Will they come out with a face lift to face lift this model ? :wink:
If that's the best that Mercedes can do then it will be an Audi or Porsche for me next time. VERY worrying trend towards the vulgar, appealing to those with have no taste but love flash & have to flash the cash. Mercedes used to be subtle & understated; now sunk to BMW-like showiness.
 

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@oldmercman: I guess it's tailor made form then, a vulgar tart with no taste but liking to flash the cash! :wink:

I for one love the looks of the SLC, diamond grille 'n all and I'd swap my r172 with faulty paint for one in a heartbeat.

I suspect for the majority of buyers (not just the connoisseurs on this forum), it is primarily about the look of the thing coupled with the cachet of the marque... so go buy an Audi or a Porsche if that's more your bag baby! :smile:
 

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The grill can be replaced with something else and some other mods will improve the looks of the car but honestly for the last 3 years I did not like the looks of the Mercedes Line up like. Them designers over in Stuttgart must had a design stroke and this new line is the outcome.:surprise::surprise:

If I have another Mercedes in my Drive it will be the real thing with real metal chrome pipes:wink:



 

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Cornering lights?

Best I can tell from the pix the SLC doesn't have cornering lights. That's something I came to like with my fading night vision. Makes me wonder what other details they cut.

Not crazy about the grill either, looks like it was made to impress the unwashed, not purists. Perhaps the conspicuous consumption market is larger? I like my 2012 so much I was thinking about the new model, now I don't know. Realistically it would be silly to trade other than for a case of the "wants."
 

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Best I can tell from the pix the SLC doesn't have cornering lights. That's something I came to like with my fading night vision. Makes me wonder what other details they cut
Oh yea of little faith, the new LED headlamps make the old active xenons look like something from the Stone Age. Yes, it has active cornering headlamps. And so much more. Did you not watch the video in the other thread?
 

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Oh yea of little faith, the new LED headlamps make the old active xenons look like something from the Stone Age. Yes, it has active cornering headlamps. And so much more. Did you not watch the video in the other thread?

Of of note when these headlights go down as in say the led side light fails etc its a complete headlight renewal .
Yes covered on warranty but after the 3 yr you will eventually pay .

And i dredd to think how many hundreds that will cost .

For me its a tiny side light bulb at a cost of well free in my case . :wink:

These led side light bulbs are on continously on all modern cars and the amount i see that have failed on new cars dont look good .
 

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Of of note when these headlights go down as in say the led side light fails etc its a complete headlight renewal .
Yes covered on warranty but after the 3 yr you will eventually pay .

And i dredd to think how many hundreds that will cost .

For me its a tiny side light bulb at a cost of well free in my case . :wink:

These led side light bulbs are on continously on all modern cars and the amount i see that have failed on new cars dont look good .
But you could say that for any component on any car. A gearbox is the same. You're applying 20th century logic because you're used to an incandescent bulb that needed replacing every 300-500 hours of use. LED headlamps should be good for 10,000 hours of use and shouldn't need user replacement for the lifetime of the car. Just like a gearbox or engine.

And all the ones I've seen that have failed have been aftermarket ones. I've yet to see a genuine Audi DRL fail, and they've been about since around 2008.
 

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And I've just been told by my Mercedes CLS driving business partner that the LED emitter in the headlamps on that car is a user-replaceable part, so actually, even if the 'bulb' does blow, you can just fit another one. No new headlamp required.
 

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My point is most modern headlights like for example the new BMW X 5 with the latest led lights complete .

Most internal led lights are a complete change for a new one .

Go back to early models a bulb is 50 pence to 6.99

Yes modern ones are far more powerful and the look etc
But at a huge expense when they fail .

Example 2 rear slk 171 lens side light led bulbs are built in .
A complete lamp unit .
As one guy on here experienced with a fault light on dash .

These lights look pretty but at a huge cost .
Led side lights are constantly on now so will fail often .

Mine will cost peanuts . :grin:
 

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But you could say that for any component on any car. A gearbox is the same. You're applying 20th century logic because you're used to an incandescent bulb that needed replacing every 300-500 hours of use. LED headlamps should be good for 10,000 hours of use and shouldn't need user replacement for the lifetime of the car. Just like a gearbox or engine.

And all the ones I've seen that have failed have been aftermarket ones. I've yet to see a genuine Audi DRL fail, and they've been about since around 2008.

Led headlamps are electrical and will fail ! !

And they will not last the lifetime of a car you are joking yes ?
Auto boxes fail !
Conducter plates were widespread .
Everything fails .

Mercedes benz have very weak electrical component build quality as they are made in africa , portugal and .........

There not of yester year quality anymore sadly .
 

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Led headlamps are electrical and will fail ! !

And they will not last the lifetime of a car you are joking yes ?
Auto boxes fail !
Conducter plates were widespread .
Everything fails .

Mercedes benz have very weak electrical component build quality as they are made in africa , portugal and .........

There not of yester year quality anymore sadly .
I really think you're arguing something impossible. Xenon and LED headlamps make halogens look like candles and they last significantly longer than conventional incandescent bulbs. LEDS are solid state devices and are basically immune to most of things that cause incandescent and xenon bulbs to fail.

They will fail eventually, but 10,000 hours of driving is about 20 years which is probably the realistic lifetime of the car.

If you're happy with 20th century technology (and you obviously are) then keep your R171. But for those of us lucky enough to buy new and change cars within warranty, it's not a problem any of us needs to worry about and the price of a CLS LED Emitter is £97+VAT so hardly megabucks to replace when a xenon bulb is also in the £80 range for Mercedes and will only last about a tenth the life of the LED.

A rear lamp unit for an R172 is actually very cheap and it's a doddle to change them so labour costs are low. Again, I don't see what the problem is. You seem to have convinced yourself that anything made after your R171 is an unexploded bomb just waiting to explode in everyone's wallet. LEDs are cheap and LED rear lights don't need all the mirrors and stuff found inside conventional lights.

Your perception is that the quality of Mercedes has declined but my dad's 60's and 70's cars needed lots of maintenance (every 6000 miles) and did indeed break down. They possibly broke down less than their contemporaries but they definitely broke down. None of our Mercedes bought since 2000 has needed a service less than every 12,000 miles (now every 15,000 miles) and none of them has ever broken down. So I would seriously challenge the perception that the quality isn't there anymore.
 
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