Mercedes has unveiled the 2017 SLC roadster ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Mercedes has unveiled the 2017 SLC roadster ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Essentially a facelifted and renamed version of the SLK, the SLC features a new front bumper, a revised diamond grille, and restyled headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights.  Keen-eyed observers will also notice a sportier rear bumper, new LED taillights, and a revised dual exhaust system.  The car has also been equipped with an improved retractable hardtop that can be opened or closed at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h).

The interior largely carries over but there's a new sports steering wheel, a revised instrument cluster, and aluminum trim with a carbon fiber-inspired finish.  Designers also added revised leather and Nappa leather upholstery as well as a new COMAND infotainment system with a higher resolution seven-inch display.

In the United States, two engines will be available.  The entry-level SLC300 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 241 hp (179 kW) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm) of torque.  It is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

Moving up, the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 rewards buyers with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 362 hp (270 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque.  The model is significantly less powerful than the outgoing SLK55 AMG but it manages to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the SLC gains a standard DYNAMIC SELECT system which features Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco, and Individual modes.  The system modifies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension settings accordingly.

Last but not least, the SLC features a rearview camera and a newly standard Active Brake Assist system which warns the driver if a collision is imminent.  If the driver fails to respond, the system will automatically apply the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision.

The 2017 Mercedes SLC will go on sale in the United States next spring and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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