• Successor to SLK reaches end of production
  • SLC 300/AMG SLC 43 boasts unique cues
  • Due in dealerships next year
  • Current 2019 Mercedes SLC priced from $48,950


Long known as the “baby” SL, the compact-sized Mercedes-Benz SLC and AMG SLC 43 is nearing the end of its product life. The German automaker will bid Auf Wiedersehen to this 2-seater with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 and AMG SLC 43 when those models arrive in U.S. dealerships next year.

Originally conceived as the SLK, the vehicle debuted as a concept in 1994 and went into production two years later.  The vehicle was renamed the SLC in 2016 when the third generation debuted.  Over 710,000 units have been sold since its launch.

SLC 300 Final Edition

Painted in Selenite Grey, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 Final Edition has an exclusive look from an AMG Styling front bumper with trim strips in silver chrome on the lower section. High-gloss black paint is used on the door handles, mirror caps and rear brace. The vehicle sports SLC Final Edition badging, 18-inch high-gloss black alloy wheels, and a lowered ride height thanks to an AMG tuned sport suspension.

Inside, the cabin is fitted with two-tone Nappa leather in silver pearl and black, gray seat belts and stitching, and carbon fiber pattern embossed leather on the headrests and upper seatbacks. Bright aluminum trim accents are used throughout the cockpit.

SLC 300 models are powered by a  2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyinder engine making 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says the car is capable of 0-60 mph acceleration of 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

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The higher performance version is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 has a 3.0-liter turbo V6 making 385 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. This model sprints to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is also electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

Finished in an exclusive Sun Yellow paint finish, the AMG SLC 43 is further distinguished by gloss black treatment on its intakes, front splitter, trim elements in the rear fascia, mirror caps and door handles. The 5-spoke AMG light-alloy 18-inch wheels are finished in matte black.

Inside, the cabin shares the two-tone Nappa leather upholstery of the SLC 300, along with the contrasting gray stitching and seatbelts, as well as the carbon fiber pattern embossed leather seatbacks and headrests. Also included is an AMG Performance steering wheel and AMG edition badging.

Pricing on the current 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300 starts at $48,950, while the AMG SLC 43 costs $61,350 plus $995 destination.

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