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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK [Spied again]

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK [spied again]

03/04/2010, 7:01 PMBY MARK KLEIS

While the next generation Mercedes SLK is still 2 years away from its debut, we finally have truly revealing photos that show Mercedes hard at work on new the SLK. Previous shots taken at Nurburgring featured heavy cladding on the hood, but now the car is nearly bare. Insiders say the next SLK will debut sometime in 2012.

Though the prototype was still heavily disguised last time we caught it during testing, this time the 2012 SLK shed the heavy cladding in favor of light vinyl wraps. It is now clear that the front grille and headlights will be more upright and square than those of the current model. Also visible are LED-indicators at the bottom of the headlight housing. The new SLK will also lose the Formula-One-inspired nose the current model has.

Of course, the folding metal roof will be standard again. Mirrors have moved down on the door blade and this time the folding roof will feature a big part in glass, if it will be standard or an option is not clear yet. Rear lights seem to be LED type and the ugly antenna has moved from the rear fender to the trunk.

Being a couple years away from launch yet, the information of the next SLK is still fairly scarce, but most sources suggest the current lineup of engines will carryover to the next SLK. The base model should feature a 228 hp V6, a 300 hp V6, followed by a 5.5-liter 355 hp V8 for the non-AMG models.

Although fairly unline, there are also rogue suggestions that a forced-induction four-cylinder is also not completely out of the question. That being said, the SLK won’t be completely going green as the performance AMG model is said to be one of the last Mercedes models to use the company’s 6.2-liter V8.



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