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2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - March 13, 2019

Model Preview

The Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class, which was once known as the SLK-Class, has had a great run that stretches back to 1996. The 2020 SLC-Class will be the last hurrah for this iconic roadster. While the base SLC-Class models will remain unchanged, Mercedes-Benz will introduce SLC-Class Final Edition models to give it the sendoff it deserves.

The standard 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class lineup will remain visually unchanged, but the new Mercedes-AMC SLC Final Edition models will add plenty of upgraded look-good bits. On the SLC300 Final Edition, these upgrades will include the AMG line aerodynamics package and an exclusive Selenite Grey paint job with gloss-black mirror caps, door handles, and rear brace. Rounding out the exterior updates on the SLC300 Final Edition model are “SLC Final Edition” badges and gloss-black five-spoke 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

The Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Final Edition will have the same exterior upgrades as the SLC300 Final Edition, but it will add matte-black wheels with yellow flanges, gloss-black-painted front splitter, air intake fins, fender ports and rear fascia trim, and a Sun Yellow paint job.


2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

Inside, the standard SLC-Class will again remain the same, but the SLC300 Final Edition model will chime in with a handful of goodies. These include black-and-Silver-Pearl two-tone Nappa leather upholstery with gray stitching, sport seats, gray seat belts, carbon-fiber-look leather headrest inserts, upper seatback sections, a sport steering wheel and gear shift knob, bright aluminum trim, black embroidered floor mats, and more.

Inside the SLC43 Final Edition will be similar to the SLC300 Final Edition, but it will stand out with its AMG Performance steering wheel with crystal gray 12 o’clock marker and “AMG EDITION” badge.

Under its hood, the entire 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class lineup will remain the same. The base SLC300 will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will crank out 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The SLC43 will use a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that will produce 385 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. The SLC300 will hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds while the SLC43 will do the same sprint in 4.6 seconds. Both models will top out at an electronically limited 155 mph.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not tested the SLC-Class for safety, but it does have standard automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. Buyers can also opt for adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control, but they come in packages that push the SLC300’s price up by a whopping $10,000. We expect this to remain the same when the 2020 SLC-Class hits showrooms.

Pricing & Release Date

Pricing is still unavailable for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class, but we do not expect the standard lineup’s pricing to fluctuate too much relative to the 2019 lineup, which ranges from $49,995 to $64,895 (destination fees included). We expect a significant price gap between the standard models and their respective Final Edition models.

The 2020 Mercedes SLC-Class will compete with the BMW Z4, Jaguar F-Type, and the Porsche 718 Boxster.

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Pictured: 2019 SLC-Class

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