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2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC revealed

The Mercedes-Benz SLK adopts a new name as part of its mid-life facelift

Words ByDarren Moss

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The facelifted Mercedes-Benz SLK, which has adopted the SLC name, will go on sale in the UK next spring following its debut at the Detroit motor show in January.

What is it?

The SLC is the new name for the Mercedes-Benz SLK, which has been facelifted.

Styling changes over the old model include a new front bumper with larger air ducts, an updated grille, and revised headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. A re-profiled bumper also features at the rear.

Also updated is the SLC's hard-top folding roof, which can now be opened or closed at speeds of up to 25mph. Users also no longer have to manually set the luggage cover in place before opening or closing the roof. Mercedes' Magic Sky Control glass roof remains as an option, and uses charged glass to vary the amount of light entering the cabin.

What engines can I choose from?

A new entry-level model, dubbed SLC180, features a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 154bhp and 184lb ft of torque, although at the moment it is not confirmed for the UK.

A new SLC200 replaces the old SLK200, and features a new 2.0-litre engine with 181bhp and 221lb ft.

The SLC300 replaces the old SLK250, and features a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 201bhp and 269lb ft.

At the very top of the range is the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, which features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine with 362bhp and 384lb ft of torque. It's capable of reaching 62mph in 4.7sec and has a limited top speed of 1555mph, and can return up to 36.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 178g/km.

Both the SLC180 and SLC200 come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but all other models receive a nine-speed automatic transmission.

How much equipment does it come with?

Among the SLC's interior upgrades are a revised instrument cluster, new trim materials and a larger 4.5-inch infotainment screen. Active Brake Assist - a system capable of carrying out autonomous braking - also features as standard.

How much will it cost?

Pricing for the revised Mercedes-Benz SLC has yet to be announced, but the current SLK starts at £33,020.

How good are its rivals?

The previous SLK never fared well in the What Car? road test, earning itself only a two-star rating. Convertible rivals include Audi's TT Roadster and the BMW Z4. The TT Roadster currently has a five-star rating on What Car? while the Z4 gets four stars.