compact luxury - convertible
For the 2006 model year Mercedes has taken design aspects from its supercar the SLR and added them to the once boring SLK to give it a better edge in the roadster market. From the front is where you see the SLR supercar the best with its front grille and in the styling of the lights. The newly styled front headlamps give this little roadster a more aggressive look compared to its predecessor, and its where the new SLK sheds its sad look for a mad looking face. With a new face this new car has a new mouth, and lets just say this mouth is not smiling with a happy smile. Pulling air into its engine bay with its beautifully crafted front air ports, the new mouth is one that smiles a little happier than its predecessor since this evil looking face can breath a lot easier then its forgotten brother. One down fall to the SLK’s new mouth is that the front fog lamps are just placed on the side with no actual holding space specially design into the front, it almost seems Mercedes forgot about one spot.
With a new face comes the SLK’s new nose that this time sticks out from the front in a big way, but this nose has come with its own moustache, which separates the hood from the front bumper. The new front nose has followed up onto the hood in a good way but could have sunk a bit quicker near the front to look a bit better and to flow better with the hood. The new look has spawned some new wheels, which this time are slimmer but feature a more sport look which is a perfect fit for this little roadster. One feature on the side which seems to be a bit off is that the wheel line sits really low at the front but goes up to meet perfectly at the rear wheel and finally to the middle of the rear light, this design feature seems a bit odd but is well suited for this car. From the back this little roadster picks up on the design features of the SLR with its well rounded and pushed forward, rear end of the car. The rear taillights fit perfectly with the rest of the car and perfectly follow the rear tailgate from top to bottom. Mercedes has done one beautiful job at hiding the rear bumper in the design of this car; it’s almost like its non-existent on the SLK. With its predecessor still around until its release, the new SLK is sure to deliver a way better design which has been well thought out from the hood to the rear tailgate. Lets hope Mercedes can keep on bringing out wild car designs like the new SLK and its counterpart the SLR for years to come.