2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK, a Tough Nut to Crack

Following almost a full year of spyshots showing the next generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, the approaching of the official launch date is making the German manufacturer release the first details regarding the sports car.

For now however, there is still no word on the engines to be used on the model. It is believed that the SLK will feature four and six-cylinder petrol engines, starting at around 180 hp. The AMG version will be powered by an engine which might provide up to 470 hp of power.

Some of the technologies to be used in the SLK have been however detailed this week by the carmaker. The most important of them are the Attention Assist detection system, the Distronic Plus proximity control and the Pre-Safe brake.

Mercedes-Benz has paid particular attention to making the model as safe as possible. For starters, the bodyshell structure has been upgraded with reinforced members, a new side impact structure and new fibre-reinforced roll-over bar.

The two-stage driver and front passenger airbags have been tweaked, while the safety of pedestrians in crashes has been taken into account perhaps more than before. The future SLK will use a sensor system which will allow the bonnet of the car to be raised by 85 mm in case of an impact.

Such a feature will allow for lower acceleration for the head of the pedestrian due to the additional space between the bonnet and the engine compartment. The new SLK will also be able to determine the nature and severity of the accident.

There is currently no info on when exactly the model will be presented, but we expect more about the new SLK to surface soon.
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