Restyled Roadsters and Four-Door Coupe Debut at New York Auto Show
MONTVALE, NJ – Mercedes-Benz will showcase the latest updates to their passenger car line-up
at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, open to the public from Mar.
21–30. Highlights include the North American debut of both the restyled 2009 SL
Roadster as well as the 2009 CLS four-door coupe. Joining these debuts, the
2009 SLK Roadster will make its regional debut in New York.
to make its showroom debut this Spring, the SL features new styling with
fenders that incorporate bold headlamps and modified gill-type air outlets
behind the front wheels. A redesigned hood with twin power domes and a wider,
single-bar grille emphasizes the width of the body. Standard AMG body styling
further enhances the aggressive new appearance. Additionally, the SL roadster
is now available with AIRSCARF, an innovative feature that can extend the
open-air driving season into the cooler months. Another technological first from
Mercedes, AIRSCARF is an extra heating system built into the driver and
passenger seats. At the touch of a button, warm air flows from vents in the
head restraints, acting as an invisible scarf around the head and neck.
addition to the SL550, SL600, and SL65 AMG, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling a fourth
member of its SL sports car family — the SL63 AMG. Perhaps the sportiest SL
roadster ever, the new SL63 AMG is powered by a 6.3L, 518 hp AMG V-8 engine
that’s coupled to a newly developed MCT transmission.
an innovative start-up clutch that replaces a conventional torque converter,
the seven-speed MCT (for multi-clutch technology) transmission combines the
direct connection of a manual gearbox with the lightning-quick automatic gear
shifts of a Formula 1 race car. Topping off the SL chassis is an even more
agile AMG sports suspension based on the Mercedes-Benz ABC active suspension.
Mercedes-Benz roadster highlighted in New
York will be the 2009 SLK, with three models
available, the SLK300, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG. The designers have taken this
sporty two-seater with its trendsetting vario-roof and honed its looks even
further. Especially eye-catching is the restyled front bumper, featuring a
modified air dam, more pronounced V-shape, and further emphasis around the
Mercedes star in the grille. The designers have revised the vehicle’s rear
section, with the diffuser-look styling giving the roadster an even more
powerful appearance. A new three-spoke sports steering wheel, redesigned
instrument cluster, and the latest head unit are among the many revisions to
the luxurious interior.
CLS550 and CLS63 AMG are getting restyled for the 2009 model-year. The sleek
new nose of the CLS is complemented by a more dramatic two-bar grille (replacing
the original four-bar grille), with upper and lower mesh now finished in Atlas
Grey. Larger outside mirrors now feature built-in arrow-shaped turn signals,
and new dual-five-spoke 18-inch wheels make the car even more striking. A new
rear bumper with trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes and arrow-shaped LED taillights
complete the fresh look of the new model.