In the automotive industry, most brands will do what they can to expand their offerings to be present in every potential niche there is. The goal is clearly to increase the customer base. Mercedes-Benz is doing this much like its rivals like Audi and BMW. The problem is that entering new markets does not always mean that current models get to stay.
With this in mind, reports are indicating that Mercedes-Benz’s smallest convertible, the SLC, may not be getting a new generation model. According to Automobile Magazine, they have received word that the SLC is no longer part of the cycle plan.
Still, considering that the Mercedes-Benz SLC was released during the latter part of 2015, it is possible that it will be a few years before it will be officially phased out. With the SLC being one of those few hardtops available on the market, if the reports are true then it will likely make a number of customers truly sad. One reason is that despite convertibles with fabric roofs having their own unique advantages, not many customers are into such vehicles.
Talking about hardtops, Automobile Magazine revealed as well, citing the same source, that the new SL will have a metal rather than a soft top. Expected to be released in 2020, the new SL will utilize the same lightweight platform of the AMG GT successor. Further, it is rumored to have a 2+2 cabin that will offer more space.
However, with the new SL, there is the possibility that the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet may be discontinued as well. It is highly likely that the brand believes that the new SL will go against the two model and thus divide the sales.
The same report by Automobile Magazine further reveals that the brand could make the C-Class models and the E-Class models plushier and even bigger. Clearly the goal would be to put it higher upmarket but this would also mean that the price level would increase as well.
For the AMG GT itself, it is expected to be more solid despite having a sporty two-seat lightweight configuration. Mercedes is expected to also bring in a new four-seat sedan to rival the Porsche Panamera.
It was in January of 2016 when Mercedes-Benz first unveiled the 2017 SLC during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based mainly on the SLK, the overall design was familiar but it had its own unique features. The front bumper for instance was sportier. In addition, the headlights were redesigned with the grille revised and it now had diamond inserts.
The rear section also underwent some redesigns like the new bumper and the dual exhaust system being improved. Its taillights meanwhile were made more contemporary. The retractable roof was enhanced as well as it could be brought down or put up even at speeds reaching 25 mph.