Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster reaches finish of the highway
After 20 years, Mercedes-Benz is lastly pulling the plug on its Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster. The automaker on Wednesday unveiled the 2020 SLC Last Version forward of its debut on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present subsequent month. As its title suggests, the Last Version closes out the SLC.
The SLC debuted because the 1998 Mercedes SLK as a part of a wave of comparatively cheap German roadsters that additionally included the BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, and Audi TT.
In 2017, Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche informed media the corporate would cut back the variety of area of interest coupes and convertibles it at the moment presents. The SLC was chief among the many targets because the mannequin has been a gradual vendor within the U.S. and overseas for years. Final month, Mercedes bought 122 SLCs within the U.S., making it one of many automaker’s slowest-turning fashions.
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The third and current-generation SLK bowed in 2011 earlier than it was renamed the SLC in 2016. That yr additionally marked an up to date look to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the SLK’s debut.
Whereas the SLC will depart us, the bigger SL is prone to stick round. Mercedes-Benz is anticipated to have a brand new mannequin in improvement, although it is unclear what type it can take. Stories have indicated it might return as a high-performance mannequin from AMG subsequent decade. Earlier than the present SL departs, the U.S. will even obtain an SL Grand Version for 2020.
Shortly after 2020, we might even see a brand new SL.
The SLC, nevertheless, will bid farewell.