2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS, SLK U.S. pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 25, 2011

Mercedes-Benz has revealed how much its new-generation CLS coupe and SLK roadster models would cost. For its 2012 CLS550, prices will start at $71,300 while its high-performance CLS63 AMG will begin at $94,900. On the other hand, the suggested retail price for its 2012 SLK350 model will begin at $54,800.

Prices exclude a destination & delivery charge of $875. The 2012 CLS coupe, which seats four and is set to be launched in the U.S. market by the summer of 2011, represents the first major redesign of a vehicle that established an entirely new market segment -- the four-door coupe that combines the dynamic design and the emotional appeal of a coupe with the functionality and comfort of a sedan.

The 4.6-liter engine in the CLS550 model produces 443 lb-ft. of torque and 402 horsepower while the 5.5-liter engine in the CLS63 AMG generates 516 lb.-ft of torque and 518 hp. Both CLS coupe models are powered by the latest biturbo, direct-injection V8 engines. On the other hand, the 2012 SLK model represents the third generation of a two-seat sports car that astounded the automotive industry when it launched the first automatic retractable hardtop in the contemporary scene.

With the top up, the vehicle model is a quiet, weather-tight coupe. With the push of a button, the car becomes topless in 20 seconds. Similar to the retractable hardtop of the bigger SL model, the rear window of the SLK turns to complement the curves of the top as it is being lowered, providing more trunk space than ever.

A new 3.5-liter V6 powers the SLK350, which also features direct injection and multi-spark ignition. This SLK engine, which produces 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 302 horsepower, is more powerful and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

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