Mercedes-Benz have announced the rebirth of their compact roadster for March 2016 – the Mercedes SLC. This name change is derived from it’s close relationship with the C-Class, where much of the SLC’s technology comes from. The SLC has a lot to live up to, however, as it’s predecessor, the SLK hit sales of 670,000 since it’s launch in 1996.
The entry level SLC 180 is new to the line-up and produces 156bhp but will not be available for the UK. Also joining the range is the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 which has a 3.0-litre V6, meaning 0-62 mph is over in 4.7 seconds thanks to 367bhp. The middle three models are the SLC 200, with an output of 184bhp, the SLC 300, with 245bhp and the diesel SLC 250 d, packing 204bhp. The SLC 300, 250 d and SLC 43 also come with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard and is optional on the lower two models.
With use of the Dynamic Select interface, the driver can also select five different driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco and Individual. In the SLC 43, Dynamic Select can also be used to select between two different exhaust sounds.
Aesthetic differences between the SLC and SLK is the latest design for Mercedes’ diamond insert grille, a new front bumper with larger ducts, and new headlights. There is also a more bold rear diffuser, a redesigned rear bumper with integrated exhausts and LED taillights. The folding hardtop can also be used at speeds of up to 25mph.
The interior stays broadly similar to the SLK of old, changes include a larger 4-inch infotainment monitor, revised instruments and a new steering wheel among other alterations.
Economy for the SLC 43 is 36.2mpg, 2.5mpg higher than its SLK55 AMG predecessor. The standout economy figure in the range is a claimed 64.2mpg in the SLC 250 d.