From the official Press Release:
“The design idiom accentuates its lively, sporty presence, and is also sculptural. It expresses personality and sensuality. The same applies to the interior.
“High-grade materials, lovingly crafted details and a very exclusive finish characterise the essentially very sporty atmosphere.”
It facilitates the long and well-proportioned hood and with its rearward light-catching contours it hints at the roadster’s dynamic qualities.
The hood ends with two air intake grilles in front of the windscreen, each embellished with three louvres.
The wide radiator grille bears the Mercedes-Benz star in a prominent central position and displays a powerfully contoured fin, chromed at the front.
The “face” of the new SLK is reminiscent of the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, which is regarded by many as being the original “SLK”.
Despite the more striking, steeper front and the larger frontal area, the Cd value has been cut to 0.30 (preceding model 0.32).
From any angle and in any position it blends harmoniously into the overall design.
A fillet conceals the boot joint, so that it does not disturb the side aspect as with similar roof designs.
Neither are the lines disturbed by aerials in most equipment variants: in most cases they are integrated into the windscreen, rear window and parcel shelf.
The air outlet grilles with a chromed fin in the front wings are reminiscent of the famous Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s. In the new SLK they form the elegant starting point for a feature line which extends right back to the muscular rear wings, and uses light and shadow to lend style and elegance to the side aspect.
This is emphasized by the stemmed exterior mirrors, which have narrow stems painted in the vehicle color, and are positioned on the beltline where they allow a better forward view to the side.
Their aerodynamics also helps to keep the side windows practically dirt-free, while ensuring a low level of wind noise.
Depending on the engine variant, the wheel arches house 16 or 17-inch light-alloy wheels, or 18-inch wheels with mixed-size tires in conjunction with the sports suspension.
At the rear the eye is drawn to the integrated spoiler lip and wide tail light clusters. The roll-over bars feature double-skinned plastic claddings with a high-quality soft-look surface. As an optional extra these rear claddings can be of anodized aluminum.
For the first time, the tail lights with their pronounced horizontal emphasis are in all-LED technology.
Their upper edge extends forward into the sides, harmoniously culminating in the feature line. A twin exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes rounds off the muscular impression created by the rear view.
Four round, galvanized air vents similar in form to those in the SLS are recessed into the dashboard, creating associations with the dynamism of jet aviation.
Two large dial instruments – a speedometer and a rev counter – flank a display for the information generated by the online computer. The display menus can be accessed by the driver using the control buttons on the steering wheel, without taking his eyes off the road.
The compact, sports steering wheel has a flattened bottom section and a thick leather rim, while the metal trim on the spokes enhance the impression of sportiness.
Shift paddles to perform upshifts and downshifts in the automatic transmission are available as an option.
The sweeping lines of the upper dashboard section are continued into the door panels. The door centre panel is color-coordinated with the interior. The door openers and seat adjustment switches are trimmed in aluminum or wood.
An ambient lighting system available as an option features discreet optical fibers and spots in SOLAR RED, which produce a sporty lighting effect in the door panels, around the door pulls and on both sides of the centre console.
This mood-enhancing ambient lighting is activated when the doors are opened (“welcome home” effect), and its intensity can be individually varied by a dimmer.