2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

mercedes-benz-slk-55-amg-400hpMercedes-Benz’ next-generation SLK is still about three years away from its official debut, but our spy photographer have once again spotted the two-door sports car while out testing. Insiders say the next SLK will debut sometime in 2012.

Though the prototype is still heavily disguised, it’s visible that front grille and headlights will be more upright and square than those of the current model. The new SLK will also lose the Formula-One-inspired nose the current model has.

Daylight driving lamps, Mercedes’ new door handles and the bigger mirrors “standing” on the door rather than being mounted in front of the side window will feature as well. And of course, the folding metal roof will be standard again.

It remains unclear what engines Mercedes will offer in the next-gen SLK, but a forced-induction four-cylinder is not completely out of the question. That being said, the SLK won’t be completely going green as the performance AMG model is said to be one of the last Mercedes models to use the company’s 6.2L V8.

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