As you can clearly seem from the attached footage, the partially camouflaged prototype doesn’t look significantly different than the current SLK you see on our Indian roads, but upon closer inspection there are some cosmetic tweaks indicating we are dealing with a mid-cycle revision for the roadster. For example, the black disguise on the front and rear bumpers indicates we should expect to see some revisions of these two body parts while the area surrounding the front grille is also bound to go through mild cosmetic surgery.
Perhaps more noticeable are the different graphics of both headlights and taillights, but other than that it’s basically the same model. Aside from these styling changes, the facelifted SLK will come with a name change as Mercedes-Benz’s most recent nomenclature will affect the roadster which will be sold with the “SLC” designation. This decision has been taken because the Daimler-owned marque wants to better show the connection in size between two models and in this case, the SLC name has been chosen since it will have roughly the same dimensions as the C-Class.
Besides the name change and exterior revisions, the Mercedes SLC is going to feature some tweaks to the interior cabin as the infotainment system will be brought up to date and there is also going to be a more extended array of safety and assistance systems. In addition, some new upholstery choices and additional trim options are in the works to spice up the cabin even further.
More importantly, the Mercedes SLC model lineup will grow to include a new member known as SLC 450 AMG Sport which will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 3.0-liter engine pushing out 367 bhp and 517 Nm just like it does in the C450 AMG Sport. It’s not known at this point whether the India-bound SLC will receive this new version, but that might not happen taking into account the aforementioned C450 AMG Sport is not available over here.
The Mercedes SLK facelift (SLC) will likely be unveiled in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe before the end of the year while an Indian launch is programmed for 2016.