The upcoming facelift for the Mercedes-Benz SLK has been speculatively rendered ahead of a possible launch in the second half of the year.

The upcoming facelift for the Mercedes-Benz SLK has been speculatively rendered ahead of a possible launch in the second half of the year.

Mercedes-Benz started selling the SLK (R172 generation) approximately four years ago so naturally time has come for a mid-cycle refresh which will come bundled with a name change. It will be commercialized as the "SLC" and will receive a series of mild cosmetic tweaks to align the styling with Mercedes-Benz's latest design language.

Prototypes have already been caught on camera undergoing testing and hiding a revised front fascia which will likely borrow most of the headlight design from recent models while the bumper should also be restyled. It's the same story at the back where there will probably be different graphics for the taillights along with a reshaped bumper and updated exhaust tips featuring a cleaner design.

Expect the flagship SLK 55 AMG to be replaced by the Mercedes-AMG SLC 63 which will likely be motivated by a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine sourced from the C63 where it delivers 476 HP (350 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) in the standard model and 510 HP (375 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) in the C63 S.

Chances are Mercedes-Benz will introduce the SLC in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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