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Sleek two-seater drop-top scooped - buyers can look forward to more luxury and power than ever before.
With a smart new look that refines the current car’s much loved shape, it will certainly turn heads. The major changes are at the front, where the SLR-style nose has been replaced by a more upright grille, aping that of the SLS. New headlights are joined by LED strips in the lower bumper to add aggression, too. At the rear are fresh tail-lights and classy chrome exhausts.

Borrowing from its SL big brother, the new SLK will also be available with the option of a panoramic glass ‘vario’ roof. Essentially a panel of toughened, tinted glass which replaces the central metal roof section, it is designed specifically to let extra light in – ideal if the weather is cloudy. The option is already popular on the SL, and is expected to be a welcome addition to the SLK’s equipment list.

The rear-wheel-drive chassis will be carried over from the current car, but tweaked to give a more comfortable ride and sharper steering. Power is set to come from a range of four and six-cylinder petrol engines, with the flagship AMG model likely to feature a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo producing in excess of 400bhp. There will also be a diesel for the first time, and a baby version of the SLS Gullwing, too.
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IMO, it looks too similar to the Z4.
 

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Your opinion is seeing ghosts. IMO it doesn't look like the Z4.
 

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Imagine it in a formula red color with flat-black wheels, simply amazing.
 

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Best way to have a convertible, for sure.
Seems like everyone is going the way of the hardtop convertible now. The SLK did it a decade before the others.

I like the new style more than the older original one. What caught my interest was their mention of a "baby version of the SLS Gullwing". Hmm.
 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK rendered
Of course, the brand new SLS AMG will serve as model for the next generation Mercedes SLK. We also noticed that Mercedes has decided to ditch the F1 nose. That, together with a less optical tapered rectangular grille, a large chrome bar, and an optional glass roof leave us pretty satisfied with the model.

The SLK will welcome a diesel engine for the first time and in 2012 with also see a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm. The SLK 250 CDI will be well equipped to tease the Audi TT Roadster TDI and Alfa Romeo Spider. A SLK 350 CGI will be powered by the new 306 hp V6 engine and will aim at models like the BMW Z4.

The new SLK will be revealed by the end of the year and sales will begin in early 2011.
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2013 Mercedes-Benz "baby" SLS AMG

Future baby SLS AMG will be hybrid
The German magazine AutoBild says nothing about the hybrid drivetrain, but we presume that it will combine a 4-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor (like with the E300) or a 3.5 Liter Atkinson cycle V6 gasoline engine with two magneto electric motors (like with the ML450). But this are just rumors, we will need to wait for more official details.

On the other hand, previous rumors suggest that the baby model will get a fully electric powertrain like the SLS eDrive, meaning a total of four electric motors with a total output of 532 HP and an approximate 100 mile range.

The future baby SLS AMG will be launched in 2013 and will cost around $130,000.
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2012 Mercedes SLK rendered, again
The latest render comes from the German magazine AutoBild, who suggests that the 2012 SLK will take its DNA design language from the new SLS AMG sports car. The latest spy shots also reveal the next SLK will feature a F1 nose, a less optical tapered rectangular grille, a large chrome bar, and an optional glass roof.

For the first time ever, the SLK will be offered with a diesel engine and a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm. The SLK 250 CDI will be well equipped to tease the Audi TT Roadster TDI and Alfa Romeo Spider. The SLK 350 CGI will be powered by the new 306 hp V6 engine and will be aimed at models like the BMW Z4.
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So far i actually really like the current slk the best compared to these renderings.

AMG really didnt pull off a good job with its retro supercar i think a retro slk would look ever gayer.
 

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Mercedes-Benz Teases 2012 SLK

Mercedes-Benz Teases 2012 SLK
Not much can be garnered from the teaser image apart from the fact that -- surprise! -- the SLK is set to keep its two-piece folding hardtop configuration. The roofline is very similar to the car's now, but the top itself is rather different. Instead of the standard metal roof, the teaser shows the SLK with a transparent glass roof.

Dubbed Magic Sky Control by Mercedes, the glass isn't just standard glass, but incorporates electromagnetic particles to adjust transparency. The system works using an electrical current to align the particles, causing varying degrees of transparency. If the system is switched off, the particles orient themselves randomly, blocking most light. When an electrical current is applied, the particles align themselves, allowing the glass to become transparent.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
It seems the biggest changes took place on the front of the a-pillar, where the SLK’s SLS-inspired hood and nose details are very noticeable. We can also see that the headlights and front grille will be more upright, like most of the new Mercedes vehicles. The car will also be losing that Formula One nose.

The SLK will feature a metal-folding roof that might feature much more glass. We’re not sure if the glass heavy roof will be an option or not. The side mirrors have been moved down and the rear antenna has been moved to the trunk lid.
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Revealed: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster
Just the Facts:
* The redesigned SLK-Class goes on sale this summer in the U.S.
* The roadster features new direct-injection four- and six-cylinder engines.
* Mercedes introduces a new panoramic "vario" roof that changes from light to dark at the touch of a button.
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