CGI: 2011 Mercedes SLK
The future SLK, expected to come sometime in 2012, will feature bigger mirrors than in today's version, moved more to the rear and located on the doors and not in front of the side windows. The most visible change will be the replacement of the Formula 1 inspired, leaned back nose, with a more aggressive look.
Overall and unlike the bold renderings here, the future SLK will mostly retain the general design lines set by the current SLK, but with a touch of SLS, of course.
Nothing is yet known about what powerplants will be propelling the SLK. All rumors point however to the use of four cylinder petrol engines for the base versions, turbocharged into developing in excess of 180 hp.
As with the latest SLKs, the 2011 model will also get an AMG version. According to some, the current 5.4l V8 engine used may be dropped and replaced with a smaller one. Despite this, performance is expected to be situated at about the same levels as in today's SLK 55 AMG Black Series: upwards of 400 horsepower.
As we said, there is still quite some time until the next SLK gets here. By then, we hope the car spied in our previous reports will shed some of its heavy camo and let us know if any of the two renderings we presented you this week had it right or not.