By now, you’re probably used to Mercedes-Benz tweaking its vehicle nomenclature. If not, we broke it down for you here. The good news is that after a year or so of changes, the Mercedes-Benz SLK becoming the SLC looks to be the last modification, so we can all settle in and get comfortable with the new naming convention (which is more intuitive than ever).
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Release Date
Like most Mercedes-Benz vehicles that received new names, there are also a few changes and upgrades on the new SLC. Before we dive into the details, you’re probably wondering when the new roadster will go on sale. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC release date is scheduled for the spring of 2016. Although that’s a loose time frame, we’ll be sure to update you as we know more.
What’s New In the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC?
The list of changes isn’t overwhelming, but Mercedes-Benz was able to make some important changes and improvements while rebranding its roadster, which is now more mechanically aligned with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
A new transmission is at the forefront of the changes, as the last true manual transmission in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is put to pasture with the retirement of the SLK250. The entire SLC lineup will be fitted with a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Although that change impacts the entire SLC range, another highlight is the new AMG SLC43, which replaces the AMG SLK55. Formerly powered by a naturally aspirated V-8, the new SLC43 will get its power from a 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 that produces 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Although those power numbers are down a little from the previous V-8 engine, the SLC43 will be lighter and more efficient, which should make it a more appealing option, overall.
A few other enhancements to the SLC300 come in the form of Active Brake Assist, which is now standard, and optional Dynamic LED headlights. Interior highlights include a 7-inch COMAND interface, which takes the place of the 5.8-inch unit in previous years.
What remains unchanged in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC?
While there are a number of changes, the base SLC300 will retain the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the SLK250. The 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque ratings also remain the same.
Expect the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC release date sometime in the spring of 2016, but in the meantime, we have a number of new and used SLK roadsters on the lot. And if you’re not feeling like it’s roadster weather, checkout the C-Class, which will share a number of characteristics with the 2017 SLC.