It’s “fashion forward” for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

11 Feb 2011 | 1,864 views | No Comment
Having the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK debut at the brand's vaunted Fashion Week extravaganza in New York shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. After all, given that SLKs always seem to be piloted by good-looking folks dressed to kill, it all seems to make sense, right? And Fashion Week, which arguably got an even higher profile in connection with "Project Runway," one of  television's most pleasurable guilty pleasures, is the right place to get attention.  That's especially true  given the star studded list usually in attendance and the excitement it generates in the fashion world.         But the company says there's a lot more than just good looks to talk about with the new generation SLK. A public relations release says, "Thanks to new engines. the roadster will consume significantly less fuel, thus demonstrating that achieving pure driving pleasure while maintaining a clear conscience when it comes to the environment are not mutually exclusive." The new engines to which the release is referring include a 201 horsepower four cylinder that gets 27 combined miles per gallon, with a top speed of 155. It hits 60 in 6.5 seconds. The other powerplant is 350 horsepower V-6 with 23 muiles per gallon overall rating and hits 60 in 5.6 seconds.    " The new SLK combines nimble-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, a striking sports car design with suitability for everyday use, and top performance with environmental responsibility, "   the release says.      "In addition, " the release says, "a unique series of safety equipment makes the SLK benchmark in this segment. Standard equipment on the vehicle includes, among other features, the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system."      Another feature almost guaranteed to get plenty of attention is what the company is calling "Magic Sky Control." " Mercedes-Benz will also be the world's first automotive manufacturer to offer the panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control as an optional extra. With this innovation, the transparent glass roof can be darkened in a matter of seconds at the touch of a button," the release says. Standard equipment on the new SLK includes:
  • Vario folding roof
  • Aluminum trim
  • Floormats
  • Integrated garage door opener
  • Integrated compass in mirror
  • Auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors
  • Leather shift knob
  • Cloth windscreen
  • Cupholders + flex bottle holder
  • Rain sensor
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 6-speaker sound system with auxiliary input
  • HD Radio
  • 5.8" display with central controller
  • Single-Zone Analog Climate Control
  • Black headliner
  • Sun-reflecting leather upholstery
  • Enhanced interior lighting
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Electronic parking brake*
  • 18" 5-Spoke alloy wheels
  • 225/40 R18 (f) & 245/35 R18 (r) performance tires
  • 7-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Direct Steering w/ Variable Assist
  • Sport Suspension
  • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
  • Attention Assist
  • Neck-Pro active head restraints
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Adaptive Brake
  • Driver's Knee Airbag
  • Dual-Stage Front Airbags
  • Thorax Side Airbags
  • Head Airbags
  • Remote key with panic button
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • mbrace Telematics
     The 2012 SLK-Class goes on-sale in the U.S. this summer.

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