The 2017 SLC-Class, composed by two models, the SLC300, and the AMG SLC43, puts on the table a worthy replacement to the SLK-Class, now defunct. Both trims available will deliver two different experiences, mainly based in performance upgrades.
Each element onboard of the two SLC-Class models is focused in delivering a complete driving experience. The AMG SLC43 track-inspired capacities are decent while the SLC300 will aim to a more conservative public.
Let’s see more details about the upcoming SLC-Class.
The 2017 SLC-Class models will feature two different engines, each one satisfying two greatly different markets. The SLC300 will pack a turbocharged 2.0 L inline-4, which is capable of generating 241 hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft. In the meanwhile, the AMG SLC43 will have onboard a twin-turbo 3.0 L V6, generating up to 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque.
The breach between the two models is significant. AMG branded models are always faster and more powerful and their similar siblings. In the past, there was an AMG SLK55 packing a massive 5.5 L V8, for example.
In terms of transmission, both models of the 2017 SLC-Class feature a 9-speed automatic gearbox with a rear-wheel drive layout. According to the German maker, the SLC300 model can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds, while the AMG SLC43 is quicker by almost an entire second, with 4.6 seconds. The top speed is rated at 130 mph (209 km/h) for the SLC300 and 155 mph (249 km/h) for the more powerful model. Both trims are electronically limited in speed.
The 2017 SLC-Class features five driving modes: Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Eco. As expected, the AMG-developed model enjoys of upgraded suspension and steering, notably improved from the extinct SLK-Class. An optional AMG Ride Control suspension greatly enhance the experience for the SLC43. This package includes mechanical limited-slip differential, adjustable damping and the smaller, less expensive Dynamic Handling package.
The SLC43 model also features adjustable flaps installed in the exhaust system, which operates differently in each driving mode. The SLC300 will receive this feature through the Dynamic Handling package. This mentioned package includes ESP Dynamic Corner Assist. This stability control platform will perform according to the activated driving mode.
Pure Mercedes Design
The 2017 SLC-Class is, as we can see in the photos, spectacular. Its retractable hardtop is just one of the many features in terms of comfort and design. The exterior changes are, after all, a little shy. The grille located in the front fascia gets a handsome modification with diamond inserts. The three-point star is huge this time.
When we see the rear end, the horizontal flat lines make look the vehicle wider that it actually is. The rear bumper is sleek and elegant. A lesson in modern art. Carbon fiber elements are present, but not too abundant. They were intended for esthetical purposes, not for lightweight ends.
The dashboard inside the 2017 SLC-Class were completely redesigned, while the instruments were relocated. Here, the changes from the past, replaced line-up are way more significant. For the interior colors, the 2017 SLC-Class feature new setups called Platinum White and Saddle Brown. The upholstery is made of Nappa or Design Nappa Leather, depending on your budget.
Plenty of safety tech is onboard, as the Active Brake Assist, which monitories the proximity sensors for automatized braking in possible collision scenarios.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 SLC-Class and its two trims are a step to the future. Mercedes-Benz only bets with premium models, which could be impressive for a carmaker with so many classes in production.
Either target markets or prices had been announced to this date.