Mercedes-Benz’s New SLK Roadster Has a Magic Roof

Here are photos of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK Class. The newest thing about it? An optional “Magic  Sky Control” glass roof that switches from light to dark at the press of a button.

The Sky Control has two modes: In light mode the roof is transparent for maximum scenery viewing; when it’s darkened, the roof offers shade and protection from solar heat. (The standard version of the car comes with a roof painted in the vehicle color; a panorama roof with dark-tinted glass is also available.)

You can buy the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK with either a 4- or a 6-cylinder engine. The V6 has 302 horsepower and can go from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds (top speed 155 mph); the four-cylinder is slower (201 hp and 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds) but more efficient (27 mpg combined versus the V6’s 23 mpg). A 6-speed manual transmission comes standard.

Pricing has not been announced for the vehicle, but expect it to cost near the $54,175 price-tag of the 2011 SLK350. The 2012 SLK-Class goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

By HANNAH ELLIOTT (Forbes)
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