On sale next month, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class will see an improved SLK 300 variant replacing the departing SLK 250. The new model will employ the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder used in the C-Class instead of the older 1.8-liter turbo four -- a change that bumps horsepower from 201 to 241 and raises torque from 229 to 272 lb-ft. In addition, the SLK 300 packs a new 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic instead of the 6-speed manual, eliminating the last do-it-yourself shifter from M-B's U.S. lineup. The 2016 SLK 300 will open at $47,925, a $3,050 increase over the manual 2015 SLK 250. 

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Save for a pair of exterior color swaps and the availability of Blind Spot Monitoring option outside of the Driver Assistance Package, as well as a simplified trim strategy, the SLK-Class carries over unchanged. The 302-horsepower V6-powered SLK 350 is starts at $60,125 and the range-topping SLK55 AMG with its 5.5-liter/415-horse V8 begins at $73,525, respective increases of $1,700 and $2,000. Both continue to use a 7G-Tronic 7-speed autoshifter. Next up for the compact 2-seater will be a full name change which will likely see it adopt SLC badging within the next year or two.

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