After three years of existence, the Mercedes SLC is leaving us
Retirement celebrated with a special Final Edition series
The Mercedes SLK, renamed SLC in 2016, has been facing a particularly bleak future for several years. Indeed, the small Mercedes convertible is in a segment that is losing ground because of the SUVs. In the United States, one of the largest markets for the SLC, just over 2,000 units have been sold each year. A very low number that would be enough to compromise the SLC's career.
However, unlike the SL, Mercedes has not yet announced the date of production shutdown of the SLC. But there are indications that the end of the SLC is near, such as the presence of the limited series Final Edition and Final Edition Premium with unfortunately evocative names.
The examples of these two limited series will arrive in Europe in early spring 2020. These limited series will be available with three different engines: the SLC 200, the SLC 300 and the sporty SLC AMG 43. Compared to the limited edition Final Edition, the Final Edition Premium adds some comfort features such as a rearview camera, a panoramic roof or adaptive LED headlights.
The SLC 200 is equipped with a 184 hp, 2.0 L, four-cylinder engine. It is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Then, the SLC 300 uses the same 2.0 L four-cylinder engine with 245 hp and equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Finally, the SLC 43 AMG receives a 3.0L V6 with 390 hp.
The Mercedes SLC is therefore one more victim of the SUV wave. Who is next?
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