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Mercedes-Benz roadster retains looks, changes name (pictures)

For the 2017 model year, Mercedes-Benz gave its former SLK-Class roadster a new name, SLC, new engines, but merely refreshed its elegant design.

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Formerly called the SLK-Class, Mercedes-Benz introduced its renamed roadster, the SLC-Class, at the Detroit auto show.

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Many of the cues of the SLC reflect modern Mercedes-Benz design language, so there was little need for change with this 2017 model year car.

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Note the rounded, softened look of the headlight casings and grille, a design carried through on other recent models, such as the E- and C-Class cars.

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The twin-blade grille element, supporting the badge, can be found on Mercedes-Benz's recent sport-oriented cars.

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Mercedes-Benz offers the new roadster as the SLC300 or SLC43, the latter a more powerful AMG variant.

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Mercedes-Benz continues to offer a panoramic glass roof option for the SLC's folding hard top, which features Magic Sky Control, a technology letting you adjust the roof's opacity at the touch of a button.

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The trunk gains an automatic cargo separator, letting you know how much space you have to work with if you want to put the top down.

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A sport exhaust system lets you increase engine noise in the cockpit for performance thrills.

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Dashboard vents show Mercedes-Benz's recent circular, bladed design.

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Mercedes-Benz's Air Scarf feature helps keep you warm with the top down by blowing hot air out from around the headrests.

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If you want to upgrade the sound, Mercedes-Benz offers a 10-speaker Harman-Kardon stereo.

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Drivers can use the Dynamic Select feature to instantly switch between Comfort, Sport, Sport plus, Eco and Individual modes, each affecting the car's performance parameters.

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The tiny drive selector and Comand dashboard electronics controller share space on the console.

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Mercedes-Benz updated the steering wheel for the SLC model, making it available with a combination of Nappa leather and microfiber.

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A small, 7-inch LCD display shows navigation, audio and hands-free phone controls.

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