Mercedes-Benz has announced Australian pricing and specification for the SLC Class, which is essentially a facelifted SLK relaunched with a new nameplate, as Mercedes streamlines its decking order based on the C-, E- and S-class.
Acknowledging the close relationship with the C-Class from which much of the roadster’s technology is derived, the SLC features a host of new equipment, a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that is standard across the range, powered folding hard top and a raft of driver assistance technologies.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLC range kicks off with the SLC 180 priced from $70,900 plus on-road costs. The entry-level model is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing 115kW and 250Nm. It comes equipped with 18” wheels, Garmin MAP PILOT navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a reversing camera, DAB+ digital radio and Apple CarPlay.
The $83,855 SLC 200 and $99,855 SLC 300 mid range models utilise a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 135kW and 300Nm, and 180kW and 370Nm respectively. Building on the SLC 180’s standard specification, the SLC 200 also incorporates DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes and electrically adjustable front seats, while the SLC 300 arrives with 18” AMG wheels, AMG bodystyling, lowered sports suspension, Keyless go and AIRSCARF neck-level heating.
At the top of the line-up is the AMG SLC 43 with a sticker of $134,615. Replacing the atmospheric V8 in the AMG roadster is a new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine developing 270kW and 520Nm. Paired to a AMG-tuned 9G-TRONIC sports transmission the AMG SLC 43 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
Specifically calibrated to suit the AMG SLC 43, the 9-speed transmission allows multiple downshift for faster short bursts of speed. It also features double-declutching function in the “Sport” and “Sport +” transmission. In “Sport +” mode, partial ignition interruptions provide even faster gearshifts.
On the safety front the new SLC range will arrive with 6 airbags, PRE-SAFE, ATTENTION ASSIST, an Active Bonnet, Active Brake Assist with autonomous emergency braking and a reversing camera. In addition, the SLC 300 arrives with Distance Pilot cruise control.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLC is now on-sale in Australia.
SLC 180 – $70,900
SLC 200 – $83,855
SLC 300 – $99,855
AMG SLC 43 – $134,615