New 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Illustration

Michael C. May 7, 2010

When Mercedes presented its Mercedes SLK in 1996, it came to be a very popular model of the company.  Mercedes then did some major changes with its body and also upped its performance, which brought out the second generation last 2004. Its second generation SLK was known to be one of the Car and Driver’s Ten Best and also gained the title of Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Convertible Award.  Again, Mercedes has come to a point where they need to decide whether to re-design the SLK and make it famous once again.  According to the reports, Mercedes management once again is making impressive changes to the said model.

The new SLS AMG will become a model for the next generation Mercedes SLK.  Based on the reports, Mercedes has removed its F1 nose, designed a new rectangular grille, added a large chrome bar and an optional glass roof that would make its new owners very satisfied. The SLK model will also add a diesel engine in its line and by 2012, it plans to release a four cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine that gives out up to 204 HP.  The new SLK 250 CDI is said to compete with its rivals, Audi TT Roadster TDI and the Alfa Romeo Spider.  The new SLK 350 CGI will be powered by a new 306 HP V6 engine that targets to compete with the BMW Z4.  According to the reports, the latest SLK is said to be publicly unveiled by the end of this year and will be ready for sales in the early 2011.

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