First pictures: Mercedes-Benz SLC
16 December 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its SLC convertible ahead of it arriving in showrooms in April 2016.
The SLC - previously known as the SLK - is based on the C-class saloon and estate, will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines.
Diesel power comes from a 204hp 2.1-litre motor, which emits 114g/km of CO2 and returns 64.2mpg, while petrol consist of a 156hp 1.5-litre engine, 184hp and a 245hp 2.0-litre unit and the SLC 43 AMG model, which is powered by a 367hp 3.0-litre unit.
Standard equipment includes the firm's collision prevention system, and the adaptive highbeam assist which automatically dims the headlights when other vehicles are approaching, allowing drivers to leave the highest beam on at all times without dazzling other motorists.
Mercedes' traffic sign assist system also features in the new SLC and reconise speed limit signs, no entry and no overtaking signs, showing the driver where any such restrictions start and finish.
Meanwhile, if the front passenger seat is unoccupied or if a child seat is detected, the front passenger airbag is automatically deactivated.
The media system has also been upgraded, gaining new features including:
- Seven-inch touchscreen
- Satnav and three years of free navigation updates
- Internet access when vehicle is stationary with use of Mercedes-Benz apps when on the move too, in conjunction with an appropriate mobile phone)
- DVD player
- Internet radio
- Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free function, read function for text messages and audio streaming for music
- Voice-operated control system for audio, phone, navigation, music search and Mercedes-Benz apps
- Two USB ports in centre armrest and one SD card slot in comand head unit
- Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call