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The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster

Baby Benz roadster gets SLS grill
Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Leading with an aggressive new design, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class draws on its racing pedigree to redefine the roadster experience. And the result is an exhilarating vehicle engineered for escaping the everyday with the top down and the throttle open.

You'll see it reflected in the muscular styling, led by a heroic grille that proudly displays the Mercedes-Benz emblem. Sculpted headlights underscored by LED Daytime Running Lights and wraparound LED taillights grace front and rear, respectively, and design cues all around come from the iconic SLS AMG.

Inside the cockpit, innovations abound. Overhead, the available MAGIC SKY CONTROL panoramic roof panel can vary its tint from light to dark at the touch of a button. The optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating system extends the top-down driving season by providing warmth on brisk days. In addition, our optional AIRGUIDE provides an innovative wind-blocking system to reduce in-cabin turbulence. And of course, the SLK-Class is equipped with a hardtop that retracts silently in less than 20 seconds.

In the all-new 2012 SLK-Class, Mercedes-Benz also sets new standards of safety for convertible sports cars. Entering its third generation, this trendsetting roadster offers a full complement of ever-evolving assistance systems to support the driver, including ATTENTION ASSIST driver drowsiness monitoring. Available in conjunction with DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control, the landmark PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system can prepare the cabin for impact -- and even apply the brakes automatically -- if an impending collision is detected. What's more, standard mbrace in-vehicle communications technology will automatically call for help should any of the vehicle's eight airbags deploy.

With an advanced V-6 engine under the hood, the power of 2012 SLK-Class Roadsters is polished by an adaptive seven-speed automatic transmission. Responsive handling comes courtesy of a sophisticated suspension and Direct-Steer System technology.

From its stunning exterior design down to the subtlety of the smallest stitch, we labored over every detail. All that’s left is for you to fire the ignition, lower the top and pick a road -- any road, that is.

Look for the all-new 2012 SLK-Class to launch in summer 2011.

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