Our spies have snapped new shots of the forthcoming, third generation Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster, which is due for launch sometime in 2011. Like the two previous SLKs, the new model will continue to be a two-seater, rear-wheel drive roadster with a retractable hardtop. However, its styling is expected to be less 'fragile' and more dynamic with Mercedes-Benz' designers most likely taking inspiration from the SLS AMG Gullwing.
And while the excessive black cladding on the outside obstructs our view of the 2012 SLK's exterior styling, our man with the long lens managed to bag a few revealing pictures of the interior.
Though not of the best quality, the images show that the new SLK's dashboard is clearly inspired from the SLS AMG.
It features a similar instrument cluster layout with two large gauges as well as an almost identical center console design boasting a pair of prominent air-vents with cruciform nozzles that are reminiscent of a jet's engines.
It very likely that the new SLK will grow in dimensions, thus improving passenger and luggage space.
Underneath the skin, Mercedes' new roadster model will make use of the C-class platform and suspension hardware, tuned of course to deliver more responsive handling characteristics.
The SLK's engine lineup will comprise of four-cylinder and V6 options at launch. As for the AMG version, there are all sorts of rumors circulating on the net, ranging from a twin-turbocharged V6 to a smaller displacement V8 turbo, but autoofcars2011.blogspot have been confirmed.