After yesterday’s reveal, the Mercedes SLC is now being featured in a set of five promo clips.

After yesterday’s reveal, the Mercedes SLC is now being featured in a set of five promo clips.

It doesn’t happen that often when a facelift brings a name change, but Mercedes is updating its nomenclature to better reflect the similarities in size between models. That’s why the roadster is now known as “SLC” to show its connections with the C-Class. Besides the new moniker, the SLC brings some subtle exterior design changes that make the roadster appear fresh and in line with Mercedes-Benz’s most recent design language.

Without any doubt, the most important change is at the top of the range where the SLK 55 AMG has been replaced by the SLC 43. The rather uninspiring name brings along a switch from the V8 naturally aspirated engine to a twin-turbo V6 3.0-liter. It’s rated at 362 hp (270 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm), so the new flagship SLC is significantly down on power compared to its predecessor. In terms of performance, Mercedes-AMG says it will do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and top out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h).

This one will be sold in United States along with the lesser SLC 300 that has a smaller 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo with 241 hp (179 kW) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm). In Europe, the roadster will also be offered in SLC 180, SLC 200, and SLC 250d flavors. The first one serves as the entry-level version with a 1.6-liter pushing out 154 hp (115 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm), followed by a 2.0-liter in the SLC 200 where it has 181 hp (135 kW) and 222 lb-ft (300 Nm). The more economical SLC 250d uses a 2.1-liter turbodiesel generating 201 hp (150 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm).

Mercedes-Benz is offering a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission as standard for the SLC 250d, SLC 300, and SLC 43 models, and optional on the SLC 180 and SLC 200.

Pricing for the SLC in Europe will be revealed in mid-January 2016 when Mercedes will open the order books. The US-spec SLC is programmed to go on sale next spring. It will be interesting to see whether the downsized flagship will be cheaper given the weaker engine and slightly decreased performance, all for the sake of boosting economy.

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