Mercedes-Benz will soon retire the “SLK” moniker as the roadster’s mid-cycle refresh will also bring a name change to “SLC” as a measure to better show the similarities in size with the C-Class. What we have here in the attached footage is a near-production prototype performing final testing rounds in Germany as an official reveal is just around the corner.
The thin amount of camouflage indicates the cosmetic changes won’t be of great significance, but expect to see revised front and rear bumpers while the bi-xenon headlights will be replaced by a new set featuring LEDs. These new lighting clusters will also incorporate the LED daytime running lights so the SLK’s current arrangement with the DRLs in the front bumper will be dropped.
The side profile of the car doesn’t show any changes compared to the outgoing SLK, but this prototype might not have all the final bits and pieces. As for the rear end, it hosts new graphics for the taillights which will employ repositioned reverse lights. Mercedes-Benz will likely provide new body paints, alloy wheel designs along with several extra trims and finishes for the interior cabin which will also go through a mild revision.
As far as the technical specifications are concerned, the biggest news is the addition of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine which will power the SLC 450 AMG Sport. This version will sit right below the fully-fledged AMG version and is set to deliver 367 bhp and 517 Nm of torque channeled to the wheels with help from an updated 7-speed automatic transmission. You will be able to differentiate this version from the lesser models thanks to the unique wheels, a slightly more aggressive body and quite possibly a bigger set of brakes to match the added power of the engine.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t specified exactly when the SLC will be unveiled, but it is believed customers will be able to place an order starting December, with deliveries commencing in March 2016. Needless to say, the SLC will also be offered in India likely starting the first half of next year.