2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK [Spied]

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK [Spied]

While the next generation Mercedes SLK is still three years away from its debut, we have the first photos that show Mercedes is hard at work on the new roadster. We snapped the car at a very remote, tire test-track in southern Europe, and we were lucky to get these four crystal-clear shots after a stake out of more than a week!

Though the prototype is still heavily disguised, it’s visible that front grille and headlights will be more upright and square than those of the current model. The new SLK will also lose the Formula-One-inspired nose the current model has.

Daylight driving lamps, Mercedes’ new door handles and the bigger mirrors “standing” on the door rather than being mounted in front of the side window will feature as well. And of course, the folding metal roof will be standard again.

It remains unclear what engines Mercedes will offer in the next-gen SLK, but a forced-induction four-cylinder is not completely out of the question. That being said, the SLK won’t be completely going green as the performance AMG model is said to be one of the last Mercedes models to use the company’s 6.2L V8.