WORK being done by Mercedes-Benz to enhance and expand their model range continues apace with the introduction of two new models - the completely new C-Class Coupé (replacement for the previous CLK model) and the new SLK.
Increasing to eight the number of new models introduced by Mercedes-Benz over the past twelve months, these two new arrivals will appeal to drivers with a distinctly sporty inclination.
C-Class Coupé - the third C-Class introduction.
The new Coupé is the third C-Class version to hit our shores in recent times. Like the saloon and estate models that preceded it, the new Coupé has all of the technical, safety and environmental features that have attracted so much acclaim. Most notable is the availability of fuel-saving, emissions-reducing BlueEFFICIENCY technology across the range – a feature that brings some versions into the lower road tax bands.
Unmistakably Mercedes, the new Coupé has an attractive V-shaped fascia, louvred grille with chrome trimmed inserts and a centrally-mounted ‘star’ that echoes the appearance of the new C-Class range as a whole. A steeply raked windscreen and gently-sloping roofline combine with wide doors, narrow C-pillars, elongated rear and swept back tail lights to accentuate its youthful appeal. Interior appointments include four full figure-hugging seats with new coverings and an appropriately sporty dash and centre console.
New SLK - arrives in time for Summer sunshine
Second newcomer – arriving just in time for Summer sunshine - is the new SLK. One interesting aspect from the point of view of Irish motorists is the arrival into the range of a diesel version, production of which will begin in December in time for 2012 registrations.
Endowed with a more muscular appearance somewhat similar in style to its impressive SLS stable mate, the new SLK has individual design touches that echo the iconic SL model of the 1950s.
Changes include a new fascia with a wider grille, reshaped headlamps, pronounced air inlets and new LED daytime running lights. Along the side and from the rear, new air intake vents and an even more pronounced boot lid and tail light clusters are the predominant features. Interior changes include a new dashboard, steering wheel and centre console, all finished with brushed aluminium highlights.
As one would expect in an open-top vehicle, comfort and safety considerations are to the fore. Apart from a generally more comfortable interior, special features include a solar panoramic roof that can change from light to dark at the flick of a switch and an on-board computer that delivers on-the-go internet access.