Next-gen Mercedes SLK to go FWD image

Mercedes-Benz is planning a successor for the current SLK which will be offered with front-wheel drive.

A recent report is indicating that Mercedes-Benz is planning to develop a rival for the Audi TT and for the Porsche Panamera but if you are forgetting something, the carmaker already has these and they are called the SLK and the CLS. Even so, the same report is telling us that the successor of the popular roadster will be riding on the same platform of the next generation A-Class, which is set to debut in either 2017 or 2018. This basically means that the successor of the SLK will get front-wheel drive and if the company will decide to offer a true AMG version to it, chances are this will be four-wheel drive.

The solid roof from the current car will be ditched as the company is planning on offering two body styles of the model, a coupe and a soft-top roadster. These steps will probably significantly lower the price of the vehicle and it will help the company’s sales which is planning to become the world’s best-selling premium carmaker by 2020. The current generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK has been around since 2011 and it is put together in Bremen, Germany. The model has an engine choice which includes the 1.8 liter petrol, 2.1 liter diesel, 3.5 liter V6 and 5.5 liter V8, connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic. The SLK 55 AMG is the range topping model, getting 415 HP (310 kW) from its 5.5L engine, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).