2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class — SLK-Class mid-Cycle Update

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class will be introduced either late 2015 or early 2016 at one of the major auto shows. In spite of the new name, the drop-top coupe will essentially be an updated version of the current SLK-Class. The name change might indicate otherwise, but the 2017 SLC-Class is just a refreshed coupe which will come with some gentle changes. The expectations are that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class will get an improved interior, but it won’t suffer a major redesign. This hardtop convertible will come in three versions that will replace the current SLK250, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG. At the moment, we don’t know how exactly the convertible’s powertrain will be improved, but it’s certain that they’re going to make some changes. It’s possible that they’re going to replace the naturally aspirated V8 which powers the current AMG version.

Current SLK-Class to Be Replaced by 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Changes – New Exterior and Interior

The redesign of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class will start at the front fascia where they’re going to implement a new grille. Truth be told, the grille won’t be drastically changed; it will be restyled in order to make the 2017 SLC-Class more appealing and to make its appearance congruent to the contemporary brand’s design language. They will also reshape the headlights and the front bumper. With all those changes, the roadster’s face will probably be altered to the extent that it will probably have a new character. On the opposite end, the automaker will reshape the rear bumper and the exhaust tips. It’s not clear whether they’re going to change the taillights. The interior is expected to come with new premium materials and the latest technology. A new infotainment system is certain.

Side View of 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Expected Engine Updates

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class will have an updated powertrain. As we already said, it will come in three versions and every one of them will have different drivetrain. It seems that they will carry over the engines used for the SLK250 and the SLK350. The new versions will probably now be named the SLC250 and the SLC350. However, the most powerful 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class AMG model is expected to get a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine which is going to replace the aforementioned naturally aspirated V8. It’s been rumored that the new V8 will deliver more than 450 horsepower and more than 440 lb-ft of torque. This way, the new AMG version will be more powerful than the SLK55 AMG.

2013 SLK-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Release

As we already said, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class will be introduced at one of the major auto shows late 2015 or early 2016. It will probably be released soon after the premiere. As for the price, it’s very hard to estimate, but the rumors say that the entry version probably won’t be more expensive than the current SLK250.

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