Comfort appointments: Enjoying the open air in comfort

Apr 4, 2016
Stuttgart

The SLC's vario-roof combines open-top driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward. If while the roof is opening or closing the vehicle has to move off due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approx. 40 km/h. Likewise new is the semi-automatic boot separator.

SLC customers can choose between two roof variants: the panoramic vario-roof in tinted glass or the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which is able to provide the perfect on-board climate. The panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL can be switched from light to dark at the touch of a button; the light mode makes it almost completely transparent, so conveying a sense of open-air enjoyment, even in cold weather. In its dark mode the roof provides welcome shade and, in bright sunshine, reduces the build-up of heat in the interior.

Operating the electrohydraulic roof is now even more straightforward. If while the roof is opening or closing the vehicle has to move off due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approx. 40 km/h.

Also practical: the small side window behind the door can now be closed separately when the top is down, reducing wind noise.

Another new feature is the semi-automatic boot separator (in conjunction with the optional vario-roof convenience feature or optional KEYLESS-GO): if the separator is in the upper position for increased boot capacity, it automatically moves down when the roof is opened. If there is not enough space for this because the boot is full of luggage, the roof does not open and the message "Close boot separator" appears in the instrument cluster.

Even with the top down, optional features ensure that the SLC is able to offer the perfect on-board climate. Such features include seat heating and AIRSCARF, a neck-level heating system for driver and passenger that ensures that open-air driving remains a pleasurable experience, even when it's cold outside. Air outlets in the head restraints wrap an invisible scarf of warm air, as it were, around the head and neck area of the driver and passenger. The temperature can be set as desired to one of three levels.

There is also a choice of two draught-stops. An alternative to the conventional fixed-frame fabric draught-stop is offered by the two-piece AIRGUIDE draught-stop. Comprising two pivoting transparent elements, this does not obstruct visibility to the rear. The pivoting sections can be swung round by hand into the space between the seats to deflect the air flow, so reducing the draught around the occupants' head and neck area. The two acrylic glass sections are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars and can be individually positioned for the driver and passenger, as well as removed for cleaning.

All models except the SLC 250 d feature a reversible floor in the boot, which is fitted with two elastic straps for securing the dismounted draught-stop or other items.

The classic strengths of the SLC also include its well-designed boot, which at 335 litres has easily the highest capacity in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz SLC; vario-roof operated electro-hydraulically
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; mirror package with ambient lighting and projection of the brand logo
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; semi-automatic boot separator, opened
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; luggage compartment when the vario-roof is open
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; Panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL (412), Transparency state 1
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; Panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL (412), Transparency state 2
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; draught stop between the safety roll bars
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Mercedes-Benz SLC; transparent turntable draught-stop AIRGUIDE
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