Amidst declining demand across the world for several segments other than SUVs and crossovers, automakers have had to axe production of certain cars. Mercedes-Benz is no different, having to call quits on a lot of niches it created.
The latest victim succumbing to low demand is the Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class Roadster. As it stands, the two-seat convertible market has been steadily waning for more than a decade now. Going ahead, there seems to be no scope for improvement, which is why Mercedes-Benz is pulling the plug on the SLC.
The past couple of years have been slow for the SLC, forcing Mercedes-Benz to write it off the lineup.
The German automaker first brought the two-door convertible to market in 1996 under the SLK moniker, debuting its second-generation avatar in 2004. The current model was renamed as the SLC, and still constitutes the third generation of the roadster. After 23 years, the Mercedes-Benz SLC is signing off from production.
Mercedes is sending off the roadster in style with a Final Edition package. It is offered on both trims, SLC300 as well as the bonkers Mercedes-AMG SLC 43. Each trim is coated in a specific colour. Both trims will be based on the existing AMG line package, incorporating AMG styling elements, a sport suspension, and larger brake system with cross-drilled rotors.
Final Edition badges adorn the exterior of the SLC. The 18-inch AMG wheels feature contrasting black accents. Black and silver Nappa leather upholstery finds its way into the cabin and carbon-look leather trim on the headrests and gear selector are also on offer.
Moving on to the souped-up SLC 43, it gets the same gloss-black exterior trim from the SLC300. The finish also makes its way to the front splitter, intake fins, fender strakes, and portions of the rear fascia. All changes made to the Final Edition cars are cosmetic, save for one. The sport suspension setup on the final-edition SLC lowers the car by 10mm.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC does not leave a hole in the automaker's lineup, with the larger SL taking up the slack.
With the SLC signing off from production, another key automobile in the market has withered away. Cars like the SLC were instrumental in resurrecting the sports car and keeping the momentum going in trying times. With the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster, the SLC brought the roadster back into buyers’ consciousness. Of course, the Mazda Miata was far more pivotal in giving the ailing segment a shot in the arm. Today, the news is dire only for Mercedes-Benz, for cars like the Porsche Boxster 718, redesigned BMW Z4, and Mazda MX-5 Miata are still on sale, bringing healthy numbers for their makers.