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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK To Feature New Levels Of Safety


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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK To Feature New Levels Of Safety

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


November 18th, 2010

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK safetyEnlarge PhotoThe third generation of Mercedes’ popular roadster, the SLK, is just around the corner, scheduled for a debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next March to be exact. We’ve already seen hordes of spy shots, some of which have been very revealing, and Mercedes, too, has offered us a glimpse of the car, detailing its new Magic Sky Control roof system for example.

Now the automaker is revealing even more of its upcoming roadster, boasting that the vehicle will set new safety standards for open-top sports cars.

The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will make use of a whole host of the latest assistance systems to support the driver, including the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, the occupant protection system PRE-SAFE, and the PRE-SAFE Brake, which can apply the brakes autonomously in the event of an impending front-end collision.

The most interesting of these is the new PRE-SAFE occupant protection system. If the system detects an impending risk of an accident, it reflexively activates precautionary protective measures for the vehicle occupants, so that the seat belts and airbags can provide maximum protection during an impact. Mercedes-Benz developed PRE-SAFE on the basis of research into actual accidents, and is the only manufacturer in the world to offer such a system.



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By Drew Johnson

The next generation Mercedes SLK is dropping more and more of its camouflage and these latest photos show more details than ever. Our spies also managed to nab some interior shots of the next-gen SLK.

Unlike our previous spy shots, the SLK has now shed much of its camouflage, giving us our clearest look yet at Mercedes’ BMW Z4-fighter. 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 SLK should boast a six-cylinder with about 230 horsepower, while an up-level model with Mercedes’ new 300 horsepower 3.5L powerplant will also be on offer. A turbocharged four-cylinder hasn’t been completely ruled out, but seems unlikely.

Previous rumors suggested the AMG variant of the SLK would be the last Mercedes model to offer the company’s 6.2L V8, but AMG’s new 5.5L turbocharged mill now looks like the most likely candidate for the high-performance model.



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