New York, New York – Mercedes-Benz has presented the new 2012 SLK at the New York International Auto Show. It will go on sale in June 2011.

“The new SLK embodies the role of the trendsetter like no other car,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “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 the future, too, consolidating its status as a cult roadster.”

In 1996, the first-generation SLK featured a retractable hardtop, while the second generation debuted the Airscarf, providing warm air on the occupants’ necks and shoulders for cooler-weather motoring. The third generation presents the premiere of the panoramic retractable hardtop with Magic Sky Control, which switches to light or dark transparency at the touch of a button.

The 2012 SLK includes new-generation four- and six-cylinder engines with direct injection, Attention Assist technology, a new 5.8-inch colour display with Bluetooth audio streaming, head airbags in the doors, full LED taillights, and an optimized seven-speed automatic transmission.

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