A lightly disguised prototype of the Mercedes-Benz SLC has been spotted testing in Germany.

A lightly disguised prototype of the Mercedes-Benz SLC has been spotted testing in Germany.

The mid-cycle revision for the roadster will come with a name change as the new naming formula implemented recently by Mercedes-Benz will affect the SLK which is going to be sold once the facelift is out as the SLC to better show its similarity in size with the C-Class. As you can see from the attached footage, don't expect major changes as despite the name change there are going to be only a few minor styling revisions.

The front and rear bumper are going through some mild surgery while the graphics of the headlights and taillights are set to receive an update as well. Some new body paints, alloy wheel designs and several interior cabin tweaks are also on the agenda to keep the model fresh and competitive in a segment that has seen better days.

A more important change will occur underneath the hood where Mercedes-Benz plans on adding a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine which will power the SLC 450 AMG Sport. This is expected to develop 367 PS (270 kW) and 517 Nm (382 lb-ft) as it does in the C450 AMG Sport where it works with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Aside from the different engine, this new member of the SLC family will be visually distinguishable thanks to its slightly more aggressive looks, enlarged brakes and bespoke alloys.

According to the latest gossip, Mercedes-Benz will bring the SLC to the Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for mid-September. The order books are likely opening in December while deliveries are programmed to kick off March 2016.