Mercedes SLK launch on August 10

9th Aug 2011 7:00 am

New SLK to have 7G-tronic gearbox.

Mercedes-Benz India is all set to launch the new SLK in India on August 10th. The SLK made its global debut at the manufacturer’s 125th birthday celebrations in Stuttgart in January this year.

The new SLK continues to eschew a fabric roof for a reworked version of the old model’s folding hard-top. It now offers the choice of either standard aluminum, fixed-tint glass or electro-magnetic variable-tint glass panel.

Inside, there’s an angular new dashboard, modeled on that of the SLS, with distinctive vents, reworked instruments, more contemporary switchgear and a new range of trims.

The 2011 SLK has a new rear-wheel drive platform. Mercedes will launch the SLK 350 in India, which features Mercedes’ new V6. The 3.5-litre direct-injection motor kicks out 306bhp and is paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It offers vastly improved performance and economy.

The SLK competes with the likes of the BMW Z4 and the Porsche Cayman/Boxster and the Audi TT and will be available at an estimated ex-showroom price of Rs 65 lakh.

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