Toronto, Ontario – Mercedes-Benz Canada has presented the North American premiere of the SLK 55 AMG and B-Class, along with the Canadian premieres of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.
The Smart Fortwo Electric builds on the 20,000 Smart vehicles already sold in Canada since 2004, retaining the fun-to-drive factor while eliminating the need to ever visit a gas station again. It is powered by a 55 kW electric motor that propels the car from zero to 60 km/h in five seconds and a top speed of 120 km/h, with a lithium-ion battery with a range of over 140 kilometres. It will be available in the fall of 2012.
The third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time, with a 5.5-litre V8 engine that produces 415 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and a zero to 100 km/h acceleration of 4.6 seconds. An advanced AMG cylinder management system and start/stop function produce 30 per cent lower fuel consumption than its predecessor. It will go on sale in March.
The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is also the most powerful of the C-Class, with a 6.3-litre V8 engine producing 510 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, with zero to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.2 seconds. As with other Black Series models, there will be an extremely limited production run.
The company also presented the North American debut of the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, which will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2012. Highlights include an all-new seven-speed dual clutch transmission, standard ECO start/stop function, and safety equipment including a new radar-based collision warning system.