The third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster goes on sale this summer with new engines and a new optional panoramic glass roof.
The panoramic roof has a feature Mercedes calls “magic sky control” that switches from light to dark. It retracts into the trunk, turning the two-door into a convertible.
The car comes standard with a retractable metal roof. A dark tinted glass roof without the light/dark feature is also available as an option.
The 2012 SLK will goes on sale this summer as the SLK350 with a redesigned 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 302 hp. It will be joined later in the 2012 model year by the four-cylinder, 1.8-liter SLK250, which has 201 hp.
The new SLK takes styling cues from the CLS sedan and the SLS AMG coupe.
The SLK's hood and fender are now made of aluminum.
The SLK first debuted in 1996.
“The new SLK embodies the role of the trendsetter,” said Dieter Zetsche, CEO of parent-company Daimler AG. “I am convinced that with its passionate design, its high-quality interior and its modesty at the fuel station, it will continue to provide an enormous amount of fun on the road in future, too, consolidating its status as a cult roadster.”