Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched two new convertible models at Zouk Club this evening. Leading the charge is the Mercedes-Benz SLC, which takes over the mantle from the SLK as the three-pointed star’s offering in the small roadster segment.
Pricing for the baby SL starts at RM398,888 for the SLC 200 and RM468,888 for the SLC 300 AMG Line. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Looks familiar? That’s because the SLC is essentially an extensive facelift of the SLK, with the new moniker the result of a range-wide restructuring of model nomenclatures. The front end has been redesigned with reshaped headlights (LED Intelligent headlights on both models, with twin projectors) flanking a new “diamond” grille, while a more aggressive triple air intake arrangement has sprouted underneath.
At the back, there are LED tail lights and a new rear valence insert with integrated exhaust exits. Both models get 18-inch alloy wheels – five split-spoke rollers on the SLC 200, two-tone AMG multispoke items on the SLC 300 – but only the SLC 300 gets the sportier AMG front and rear bumpers, the Night Package with gloss black trim and chrome pins on the grille.
Not much has changed inside, with the addition of a larger COMAND central display (from 5.8 inches to 7.0 inches), a new AMG-style flat-bottomed steering wheel, a new colour multi-info display and a stubby gearlever from the AMG A 45 being the only discernible changes. The SLC 200 receives dark aluminium trim with a carbon fibre-like pattern, while the SLC 300 gets gloss black interior trim panels.
Elsewhere, the folding metal roof has been revised and now operates at speeds of up to 40 km/h, and there’s also a new semi-automatic boot separator that works with the Keyless-GO system on the SLC 300 – the latter automatically goes into the lower position when the roof is being stowed, if it was left in the upper position for increased luggage space before setting off.
Standard equipment on the SLC 200 include a sports package with sports suspension, an AMG Line leather upholstery, a memory package for the seats, steering column and mirrors, manual air-con and Airguide wind deflectors. Other features include Audio 20 CD infotainment with Garmin Map Pilot navigation and Apple CarPlay, a reverse camera, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Pre-Safe and Active Brake Assist.
The SLC 300 adds Keyless-GO entry, Nappa leather upholstery, Thermotronic dual-zone automatic climate control, Magic Sky Control electrochromic panoramic roof, a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and COMAND Online navigation.
Both cars are powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. In the SLC 200, the blown mill makes 180 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm (0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, 237 km/h top speed); the SLC 300 gets the full 245 hp and 370 Nm (5.8 secs, 250 km/h).
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz SLC 200
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 AMG Line