2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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$42,500-$67,500
$39,525-$62,775
21 CITY / 30 HWY
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Overview

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been completely redesigned for 2012. The body is now longer and wider than the outgoing model, and features styling cues now familiar across the Mercedes-Benz line--this car looks much like the SLS AMG up front, which means it also looks much like the SL-Class models of Mercedes-Benz' past. Two versions are again offered for 2012: the base-level SLK250, and the higher-performance SLK350.
2016,
2016,Both models get new engines for 2012. The SLK250 has an all-new direct-injected 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.8L 4-cylinder in place of last year's 228-horsepower 3.0L V6. The SLK350 has a completely redesigned 3.5L V6, also direct-injected, which makes 302 horsepower--up 2 horsepower over last year's model. The SLK250 can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters, while the SLK350 can only be had in automatic form.
2016,
2016,The 7-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded for 2012 as well. A more advanced torque converter has been added, which adds a more sophisticated lockup converter to achieve better fuel mileage, more responsive shifts, and increased strength.
2016,
2016,Handling continues to be superb, but has been improved slightly over last year's model. Included with the SLK package is Mercedes-Benz' Direct Steer, which consists of a variable-ratio steering rack that gets tighter as the driver turns from center, as well as adds a bit of steering effort. Mercedes-Benz' Dynamic Handling Package is also available as a special-order item, which features adjustable suspension settings and uses torque vectoring brakes to help steer the car in tight corners.
2016,
2016,Standard safety equipment includes Mercedes-Benz' Attention Assist, which monitors the driver and provides an alert if he or she is showing signs of falling asleep at the wheel. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and anti-skid are also standard. An optional PRE-SAFE Brake system can apply the brakes automatically if the car detects an imminent front-end collision. New reinforced structures improve crash test performance, and a host of airbags, including a new headbag, help further protect both driver and passenger in the event of a collision.
2016,
2016,Among the tech features available for 2012 is a new top option called 'Magic Sky,' which can be tinted by the driver at the touch of a button, using an electrical current and chemical film sandwiched between two layers of glass. Any of the available tops can be lowered automatically in about 20 seconds, but the vehicle must be at rest. Airscarf continues to be available, using a stream of warm air around the driver's and passenger's necks to help promote top-down driving, even when the weather isn't warm. An optional 'Airguide' wind deflector mounts to the SLK-Class' rollbars, which helps to limit wind buffeting. Each can be adjusted independently.

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