The 2017 Mercedes SLC has made its online debut and is now heading to NAIAS in Detroit next month before going on sale in the spring. This is basically a facelifted version of the SLK and has received the SLC moniker to better show it has just about the same size as the C-Class. It adopts a slightly modified exterior with sportier bumpers, LED headlights & taillights, integrated dual exhaust system, and an upgraded electrically-retractable hardtop that can be operated at speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph). The interior has remained mostly the same, but we do see a new steering wheel, aluminum trim, modified instrument cluster, along with a 7-inch COMAND infotainment system.
The US-spec model will be offered as a SLC 300 with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo producing 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque sent to the road through a 9-speed automatic gearbox. In this version, the SLC will need 5.7 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint before topping out at 130 mph (209 km/h).
There’s also the new SLC 43 with a twin-turbo V6 3.0-liter motor rated at 362 hp (270 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm). This one replaces the SLK 55 AMG and according to Mercedes it covers the sprint in 4.6 seconds and can do 155 mph (250 km/h).