The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a compact luxury Roadster manufactured by Mercedes-Benz three generations, R170 launched in 1996, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R171 in 2004 and R172 in 2011. As one of the modern retractable hardtop convertibles first, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class followed the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder and preceded other hardtops retractable such as 206cc Peugeot, Lexus SC, Pontiac G6 and Chrysler Sebring. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Vario-roof was first shown in concept car Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class II at the 1994 Paris Motor Show. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class went on sale two years later in Europe, and in 1997 in the US. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class built in Bremen, Germany.
The cost of the “SLK” from the design company’s mission to create Roadster that was at once sporty, light and short in German: sportlich (sport), leicht (light) kurz und (short). From 2016, when the release of the fourth generation R173 model, i Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class will be renamed to Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class as per the revised domestic brand received. Under this scheme, roadsters to use the name “SL”, followed by the laying of the model in Mercedes-Benz hierarchy. The “SL” is sportlich leicht (German for light sport) and refers to the long-running Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. This was followed by the letter “C” the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class equivalent illalah to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R170 (1996-2004)
At the start of 1990, after the introduction of the two-Seater their grand-tourer R129 SL and Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz set out to create a new Roadster compact, slotted below the SL. Toward the end of 1991 under Bruno Sacco, the original design drawings are drawn and 12 1: 5 models in the construction of the first half of 1992 in the middle of that year, five of them were proposed again fully. In early 1993, the final design selected and approved by the board, and design patent the German filed on September 30, 1993. On April 22, 1996, a new production Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, based on the platform R170 was introduced at the Turin Motor Show. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 230 Kompressor launch model for us to Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was powered by a 193 hp 2.3 L supercharged straight-4 engine and a choice of automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class the modern incarnation 1950 Mercedes-Benz 190SL by four cylinders 94-inch (2,400 mm) wheelbase. Massively successful in its first year, the commercial hit 55,000, twice in all nine-year production of 190SLs, and between 1996 and 2004, SLKs than 311,000 were sold. The very first US-market R170 Mercedes SLK completed in November 1, 1996 and went on sale in January 1997 for model year 1998. The last was completed in April 7, 2004.
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R171 (2004-2010)
In 1998, on the development of the next Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class began and in 2000 the final design selected drawing from the idea SLR concepts such as simultaneous production in the development of relevant 2003. The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 74th March in 2004 with a new body sleeker, engines new inner and new. Known by its code name R171, which is featured in a front design new Formula One-inspired, and took design cues from the Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA concept car from 2000. For 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class was named one of Car and Driver Ten Best and won the Canadian Car of Best New Convertible Year award.
In January 2008 at the Detroit Motor Show, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class facelift was launched, following the pre-show announcements in December 2007. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R171 facelift included new engines, with SLK 200 350 by better fuel efficiency improvements. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class exterior changes were subtle, preparation of the limited front bumper design and new wing mirrors.
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172 (2011-present)
Development on the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class R172 began in 2005, the final design for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz announced a Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class in the fall of 2010, allowing the car magazines driving test vehicles disguised several months before the official announcement in January 2011 and official public launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011. The company took the unusual step by a number of press releases in October and November 2010 announcing new features such as’ Magic Sky Control “.