CGI: Next-Gen Mercedes SLK

If you remember the set of spyshots featuring the yet unknown model year Mercedes Benz SLK we presented several times this year, then you remember the disappointment of seeing the car in perhaps the most ugly and unrevealing camo we ever did see.

Fortunately, this time we are able to give you a taste of how the SLK will possibly look like, thanks to these computer generated images. However, exciting as they may be, these CGIs may disappoint a Merc enthusiast, as the 3rd generation SLK pictured here shows a car nothing like the SLK we are used to.

The change is the most visible at the front, were the down-pointing nose is no longer and a more SLS-like front grille has taken its place. Seen from the side, the changes are extensive as well with this new generation, said by some to be released in 2011, the SLK is fatter than the current version.

As for the engines, little is known. Rumors point to the use of a four-cylinder petrol engine, turbocharged into developing some 180 hp, for the base model. Still, what is even more exciting is the AMG version, which will also use a smaller, turbocharged engine. The unit will most likely be a V6, replacing the existing 5.4l V8.

Despite the downsizing, the engine is expected to retain about the same performance figures as the engine used in today's Black Series: 400 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque.
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