The 2012 SLK-Class unites premium comfort and high-quality equipment with an especially athletic flair. On the other hand the new roadster is the most fuel efficient in the class matched with segment-leading safety. All-weather driving enjoyment - open or closed, during weekends in addition to daily commute - is built-in on the SLK's genes. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 goes on-sale in the U.S. in June 2011.
Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Development, Mercedes-Benz Cars: 'With the SLK we present wide range of technical alternatives to give customers a personal choice. Among options a number of unique innovations. Moreover, the SLK is a prime example of methods impressive performance, stylish driving comfort and ecological standards is able to go hand in provide. In the 125-year history of the automobile, we by no means experienced such major leaps in usefulness. Lower fuel consumption and even more driving pleasure - a formula we certainly translate into reality in the SLK.'
Outstanding on all fronts
The best or nothing - this motto is at coronary heart of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy, and also the guiding theme for the new SLK. From the beginning the roadster function is to provide top performance in all areas, and Mercedes-Benz engineers have rigorously translated this requirement into reality giving the SLK attributes that provide the roadster with an optimum position in its segment. Among options extremely compact dimensions combined with a generous interior with plenty practical features. Outstanding performance and sporty, agile handling are also major characteristics of the new SLK. The new SLK is also the safest roadster featuring an unrivalled range of safety features.
Dr Joachim Schmidt, Head of Marketing and advertising at Mercedes-Benz Cars: 'Firmly embedded their genes of the SLK is exhilarating driving pleasure any kind of weather conditions, open or closed, for recreation or day-to-day driving. It combines its sporty character with outstanding comfort and high-grade trips. The new SLK also sets new standards among the compact roadsters where fuel economy and environmental compatibility in order to. A wealth of outstanding attributes and technical innovations will once again make it the benchmark in its class - and undoubtedly also a victor for our style. The SLK is a roadster with character, and everyone will want them.'
Striking, athletic and stylish
The designers have tailor-made a body for brand new SLK that emphasizes its classic roadster proportions. Behind the long hood can be a compact passenger compartment along with short rear overhang - key attributes that characterize all the classic roadsters from Mercedes-Benz.
Professor Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars: 'The SLK continues the illustrious roadster tradition of Mercedes-Benz, and excitingly takes it into long term. The design idiom accentuates its lively, athletic presence, and additionally sculptural. It expresses personality and sensuality. The same applies to the within. High-grade materials, lovingly crafted details and one very exclusive finish characterize the essentially very sporty atmosphere.'
The first eye-catching feature is an upright radiator grille that bears the new Mercedes-Benz brand look. The grille emphasizes the long and well-proportioned hood, by way of its light-catching contours it already shows the roadster's dramatic houses. The wide radiator grille bears the Mercedes-Benz star from a prominent central position and displays a powerfully contoured chromed fin at main. The clearly defined headlamps complete the look of the new SLK's face and resemble that within the legendary 190SL from the 1950s, and regarded by a lot of as being the original 'SLK'. However, the designers did not simply focus on the past; making use of new SLK's front end they also intentionally resulted in a close visual link together with new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 'gullwing' along with the new CLS-Class.
The impressive result from this meticulously detailed work might be the fact in spite of calories from fat striking, steeper front and larger frontal area, the Cd value has been cut to 0.30 - a brilliant achievement (the predecessor model's Cd value was 0.32).
The timeless, classic shape of the side profile a problem classic roadster proportions embodies aesthetics of this highest caliber and is a visual cue to the vehicle's sportiness and driving pleasure. Fine details show the care that recently been taken through Mercedes-Benz designers. For example, a molding conceals the trunk joint, therefore the side line doesn't interfere, as it usually does with similar roof concepts. The ventilation grilles in main fenders by using a chromed fin are reminiscent of the famous Mercedes-Benz roadsters among the 1950s. Regarding new SLK, they from the perfect starting point for a component line, which flows into the muscular rear fender, using light and shadow to include style and timeless aesthetics to the perimeters. Meanwhile, the upper edge of the wide headlamps - which somebody in charge of feature LED technology - also appears to be flow into the feature line.
This line is emphasized via stemmed exterior mirrors, tend to be positioned on the beltline where they allow a better forward view to the medial side with their very narrow stems painted in automobile color. Their sophisticated aerodynamics also helps to keep the side windows practically dirt-free, while ensuring a low level of wind audio.
Muscular rear end
At the rear, the eye is drawn to the integrated spoiler lip and wide tail light clusters. For that first time, the tail lights their own pronounced horizontal design will be in all-LED scientific disciplines. Their upper edge extends forward into the sides, culminating in offer line. A twin exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes rounds from the muscular troublesome belief.
Premium materials and stylish sportiness
Despite the most compact dimensions in its class, the 2012 SLK has generous interior styles. To achieve this, the designers have developed interior appointments that supply driver and passenger the most effective degree of quality and precision. The medial is characterized by stylish sportiness and genuine high-quality materials which tend to be manufactured with perfect precision and skilled craftsmanship. Standard brushed aluminum trim covers the center console; wood trim can be ordered the option in high-gloss darkish burl cherry. Four round, metallic air outlets integrated from the dashboard emphasize that this model truly belongs for the Mercedes-Benz sports car family, their shape being nod individuals in the SLS AMG.
Echoing the exterior design, black friday 2010 dashboard emphasizes the horizontal lines and width of automobile. The SLK's generous round dials flank a display for the onboard computer. The color display for the communications and entertainment functions is housed in the middle console and is easily read by the driver and passenger.
An ergonomic multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom and thick leather rim makes health benefits quality and athletic character of brand new SLK a constant tactile knowledge. Shift paddles and metal trim on the spokes add both sportiness and elegance. The interior can be enhanced even further with the Trim package which a new wood/leather tire and shift knob.
The sweeping lines from the upper dashboard section are continued in the door panels. The center panel of the door is color-coordinated with the within and the door pulls and seat adjustment switches are trimmed in aluminum or optional material.
Sporty yet comfortable seats
The sporty, ergonomic seats with adjustable crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints integrated in the backrests have high side bolsters for max lateral support and comfort on long journeys. Convenience and seating comfort is provided by electric seat adjustment with memory functions and 4-way lumbar support.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 provides choice of Black, Sahara Beige or Ash sun-reflecting leather and also Black and Bengal Red Premium sun-reflecting leather which noticeably reduces heat build-up. The leather has is really a coating which reflects the actual sun's rays and measurements have shown that lessen the temperature of the seats by more than 18 degrees Fahrenheit - a significant improvement in comfort as soon as the car has been parked in the sun.
As in the earlier model, the neck-level heating system AIRSCARF is available as an optional extra for the actual SLK. This creates a flow of warm air around the neck and shoulder regarding the occupants from a vent at the front of each head restraining.
An ambient lighting system available the 1st time as an option in the sport Package creates an impressive effect on interior of the new SLK. It consists of discreet optical fibers in SOLAR RED, which cause a pleasant yet dramatic lighting effect in the door panels, across door pulls and on both sides of the center wii. This mood-enhancing ambient lighting is activated when the doors are opened ('welcome home' effect), and its intensity could be individually varied by a dimmer.
The central interior lighting is located in overhead control panel and includes two interior lights and a center console spotlight. Additionally, a single LED is situated in each A-pillar to provide extra interior illumination on entry and exit.
The operating principle draws on the physics of a plate condenser: if the glass structure is confronted with an electrical voltage, particles in the structure position themselves so that light is likely to pass through the glass. If for example the voltage remains switched off, however, the particles position themselves randomly. This partially blocks the light, and the glass remains dark. The control unit and converter are included in the front section with the roof, along with the switch elevates the overhead control console.
UV and infrared light are also effectively blocked in transparent mode, while insulation increases even more significantly and noticeably in darkened mode, thereby helping keep the temperature on interior parts such as armrests cooler by substantially as 18 degrees Fahrenheit in contrast to conventional tinted glass.
Measurements the device called a star pyranometer in Death Valley, among the world's hottest places, impressively demonstrated can definitely. This device measures the intensity of exposure to sunlight. With an open roof, the thermal load off of the sun on heat of Death Valley reached 1000 to 1100 W per square multi meter. With the transparent glass roof it dropped to 200 W, extended period of time the roof was switched to darkened mode with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, it dropped to 40 to 50 W - one 20th of the original value and just one 60 watt bulb.
Modern headlamp technology and LED daytime running lamps
The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 comes with horizontally arranged LED daytime running lights with four LEDs. The SLK could be optionally equipped with the Lighting Package gives active and cornering light functions.
The active headlamp includes intuitive headlamp range control which automatically adjusts the angle of your light beam to modifications in the car's attitude - for example pitching movements when braking and accelerating - in order to accommodate modifications to vehicle packing.
The wide tail lights of fresh SLK feature full Led lights technology for the first time. This not only ensures an unmistakable nighttime design, but enables LEDs to shine with different intensities in specific involving the tail light cluster, depending with their lighting purpose. LED technology has other advantages: compared to traditional bulbs they light up around 3.15 seconds faster, and also possess a considerably longer operating time.