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Restyled Roadsters and Four-Door Coupe Debut at New York Auto Show

March 24, 2008

MONTVALE, NJ – Mercedes-Benz will showcase the latest updates to their passenger car line-upat 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 SLRoadster as well as the 2009 CLS four-door coupe. Joining these debuts, the2009 SLK Roadster will make its regional debut in New York.


Scheduledto make its showroom debut this Spring, the SL features new styling withfenders that incorporate bold headlamps and modified gill-type air outletsbehind 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 stylingfurther enhances the aggressive new appearance. Additionally, the SL roadsteris now available with AIRSCARF, an innovative feature that can extend theopen-air driving season into the cooler months. Another technological first fromMercedes, AIRSCARF is an extra heating system built into the driver andpassenger seats. At the touch of a button, warm air flows from vents in thehead restraints, acting as an invisible scarf around the head and neck.

Inaddition to the SL550, SL600, and SL65 AMG, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling a fourthmember of its SL sports car family — the SL63 AMG. Perhaps the sportiest SLroadster ever, the new SL63 AMG is powered by a 6.3L, 518 hp AMG V-8 enginethat’s coupled to a newly developed MCT transmission.

Featuringan innovative start-up clutch that replaces a conventional torque converter,the seven-speed MCT (for multi-clutch technology) transmission combines thedirect connection of a manual gearbox with the lightning-quick automatic gearshifts of a Formula 1 race car. Topping off the SL chassis is an even moreagile AMG sports suspension based on the Mercedes-Benz ABC active suspension.

The otherMercedes-Benz roadster highlighted in New York will be the 2009 SLK, with three modelsavailable, the SLK300, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG. The designers have taken thissporty two-seater with its trendsetting vario-roof and honed its looks evenfurther. Especially eye-catching is the restyled front bumper, featuring amodified air dam, more pronounced V-shape, and further emphasis around theMercedes star in the grille. The designers have revised the vehicle’s rearsection, with the diffuser-look styling giving the roadster an even morepowerful appearance. A new three-spoke sports steering wheel, redesignedinstrument cluster, and the latest head unit are among the many revisions tothe luxurious interior.


TheCLS550 and CLS63 AMG are getting restyled for the 2009 model-year. The sleeknew nose of the CLS is complemented by a more dramatic two-bar grille (replacingthe original four-bar grille), with upper and lower mesh now finished in AtlasGrey. 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 newrear bumper with trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes and arrow-shaped LED taillightscomplete the fresh look of the new model.




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