Unfortunately for Mercedes-Benz, the yet to be launched SLC, or the SLK face-lift has been spied completely undisguised. The SLC, apart from a re-jigged letter in the name, brings in a host of changes over its predecessor, including updated drive-trains. The new styling successfully coalesces a more rounded front fascia with the SLK’s original design, while the rear end gets slightly revised tail lamps and a new rear bumper.
The re-skinned front end now wears the latest Mercedes-Benz face, replete with new LED head lamps. While the sides are mostly left alone, a choice of new alloy wheels seem to have been made available. The new rear bumper gets fake exhaust tips trimmed in chrome (like the new C-Class), while the tail lamps get a smoked effect and new graphics. A couple of prototypes also appear to have the AMG visual package on, with a more aggressive front bumper, different radiator grille, and a new rear bumper with air vents.
The SLC 180 seen here which should get the same engine as the C 180 it shares its platform with – a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit with 156 hp on tap, while the SLC 200 is expected to deliver around 180 hp and 300 Nm, and the SLC 300 should be good for around 240 hp and 370 Nm. A new SLC 450 version with a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo, V6 engine rated at 367 hp and 517 Nm is also expected.
A full-blown AMG derivative is also due, that’ll fill the shoes of the SLK 55 AMG. The new Mercedes-Benz SLC is rumoured to make its official online début later tonight, while a full public reveal will happen at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Expect the new SLC to make its way to India sometime next year.
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