The 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK was introduced in 2011. The 3rd Generation SLK is a front engine rear wheel drive compact luxury roadster that was originally introduced by Mercedes in 1996 to slot in below the more premium and expensive Mercedes SL. The 3rd Generation SLK is Mercedes’s attempt at creating a small, fast and light sports car. The 3rd Generation SLK is available in 5 models SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK300, SLK350 and SLK55 AMG. The Mercedes SLK 3rd Generation is the last car to bear the name SLK. Mercedes has replaced the 3rd Generation SLK with an updated variant called the Mercedes SLC. The 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK is available in only one variant. Production of the Mercedes SLK 3rd Generation lasted for only 5 years. The Mercedes SLK was available to purchase during the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the year 2015.
The 3r Generation Mercedes SLK features a very familiar Mercedes design language. The front end features trapezium styled upswept LED headlights, a trapezium grille embossed with the Mercedes logo and a trapezium air intake that is flanked by daytime running lights. The rear end features trapezium style side swept LED taillights, a large rear bumper, and dual rectangular shaped sports exhaust tips. The SLK55 AMG model features a slightly sportier and aggressive design language. The front and houses a larger front bumper with a larger trapezium air intake flanked by dual rectangular styled air intakes. The rear end houses a standard lip spoiler, larger wheels and tires along with a sports exhaust system and rear diffuser. The overall exterior of the 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK features relatively restrained styling compared to other similarly sized sports cars. Options include a choice between 3 different rims, chrome hood fins, Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination, adaptive high beam assist, wheel locks and a rear spoiler. The overall exterior of the 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK features a fairly unique and distinctive design language that allows it to stand out amongst other cars in its class.
The interior of the 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK compromises of aluminum trims paneling. The seats are covered in a choice of Sahara beige, black and ash colored leather. Standard features include 8-way heated power seats with memory and air-scarf functions, 4-way power steering column, an 8-speaker Harman Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system, heated power side mirrors with power fold-in, climate control, and cruise control. Features on the highest end SLK 55 AMG include satellite navigation as standard, upgraded 11-speaker Harmon Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system, automatic 2-zone climate control and parking sensors as standard. Options include a panorama roof with magic sky control, a choice between black Nappa, Bengal red and two tone brown/black Nappa premium leather upholstery, a choice between burl walnut and black ash wood trim paneling, AMG door pins, illuminated door sills, dashtop analog clock, lane keeping assist, PARKTRONIC with advanced parking guidance, all-season floor mats, battery trickle charger, adaptive cruise control, satellite navigation, automatic 2-zone climate control, 11-speaker Harmon Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system, parking sensors and a leather/wood steering wheel. The overall interior of the 3rd Generation Mercedes SLK is very luxurious and fairly spacious when you consider its exterior dimensions.