German media is reporting the Mercedes-Benz SLC (SLK facelift) will be available on order in December this year.

German media is reporting the Mercedes-Benz SLC (SLK facelift) will be available on order in December this year.

The name change might tempt you to believe this is an all-new model but in reality it's just a mild makeover for the current SLK. The attached spy photos and video show we should expect some redesigned bumpers and revised LED headlight and taillights while the interior cabin will probably get some fresh upholsteries, trims and additional accent detailing. Mercedes-Benz's latest infotainment system and an upgraded array of safety and assistance systems will also be part of the mid-cycle refresh.

In the engine department, most of the units will likely be carried over from the current SLK but expect to see a new twin-turbo V6 3.0-liter powering an AMG Sport version where it will probably develop 367 PS (270 kW) and 517 Nm (382 lb-ft) of torque. The range-topping Mercedes-AMG SLC 63 will likely use a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter with 476 PS and 510 PS in the S version.

Since order books are believed to open in December, chances are Mercedes-Benz will reveal the SLC in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The report goes on to specify deliveries are going to kick off in March 2016.

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Mercedes-Benz SLC available on order starting December; deliveries begin March 2016