Mercedes-Benz is restructuring its convertible portfolio and part of those new plans will include cutting the small SLC two-door from its lineup.
Mercedes is currently reengineering the SL and the AMG GT, with the successors of both of those models set to share a platform. The new premium underpinnings will likely be too costly to serve in a small vehicle such as the SLC, so Mercedes will drop the model rather than developing a next-generation version.
The SLC, which was formerly known as the SLK until Mercedes renamed it in late 2015, should stick around for a few years longer before it is officially killed off. That gives anyone that will miss the relatively slow-selling hardtop convertible plenty of time to place an order for one before it sails off into the sunset.
The new modular sportscar platform from Mercedes is being engineered by AMG to ensure the next-generation SL and AMG GT are developed from the ground up with performance in mind. The platform will see a raft of changes applied to the SL platform, including the departure of a folding hardtop roof and a 2+2 cabin layout. The next-generation SL should arrive sometime in 2020.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]