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The SLC has standard driver and passenger side airbags combined with three-point seat belts, a combination which is 29% more effective in preventing injury and death than seatbelts alone.
To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes SLC have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers.
The SLC’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly.
The SLC has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the SLC deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. Airbags without smart features will always deploy full force.
The SLC has standard NECK-PRO Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries.
The SLC has standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions.
The SLC has a standard Active Brake Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether.
To prevent wheel-spin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is standard on the Mercedes SLC.
The SLC has a standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The ESP then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.
The Mercedes SLC has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous.
The SLC’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane.
The SLC offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The SLC also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle.
The SLC’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them.
The SLC’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year.
For better protection of the passenger compartment, the SLC uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams.
The SLC has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. Without a GPS response system if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
The SLC comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car.
The SLC comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Mercedes will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road.
The SLC’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles long.
There are 381 Mercedes dealers in the United States, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the SLC’s warranty.
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the SLC’s engine. If a rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the SLC has an overhead cam design, rather than an old pushrod design.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes above the industry average.
The SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 241 horsepower and 273 lbs.-ft. of torque.
On the EPA test cycle the SLC gets excellent fuel mileage:
2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.
23 city/32 hwy
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the SLC’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.)
The SLC has 15.9 gallons of fuel capacity, for longer range between fill-ups.
The SLC has a tether attaching its gas cap, to prevent its loss. If the gas cap isn’t tethered it can be left at a gas station if the driver forgets to screw the cap back in.
The Mercedes SLC comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city.
For more complete vehicle control the SLC has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes SLC, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway.
For better stopping power the SLC’s brake rotors are large:
The SLC’s standard front disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading.
The Mercedes SLC has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather.
For better traction, the SLC has large F:225/45R17 & R:245/40R17 standard tires.
The SLC 300’s standard 225/45R17 front and 245/40R17 rear tires provide better handling because they have a low 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall. The SLC’s optional 225/40R18 front and 245/35R18 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SLC 300 has standard 17-inch wheels. The SLC offers optional 18-inch wheels.
The Mercedes SLC’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength.
The SLC has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. If a vehicle has no spare tire you are forced to repair the tire and if that fails you will have to call roadside assistance and get towed. Even run-flats can fail if they are sufficiently damaged.
The Mercedes SLC’s independent front suspension is light, which allows the SLC’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.
For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes SLC has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort.
The SLC has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads.
The SLC has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the SLC flat and controlled during cornering.
The front and rear suspension of the SLC uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The SLC offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads.
For much better steering response and tighter handling the SLC has rack and pinion steering, like Formula racecars, instead of a recirculating-ball.
The SLC has standard power steering to make quick and controllable low speed maneuvers easy.
The SLC has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the SLC is 61 inches wide in the front and 61.6 inches wide in the rear.
For better maneuverability, the SLC’s turning circle is 36.2 feet.
The Mercedes SLC may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs only 3384 to 3384 pounds.
The SLC is only 162.8 inches long, making the SLC easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The SLC is only 71.2 inches wide, making it easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The SLC is only 51.3 inches in height, making the SLC much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
Unibody construction makes the SLC’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles.
The design of the Mercedes SLC amounts to more than styling. The SLC has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the SLC get better fuel mileage.
For excellent aerodynamics, the SLC has standard flush composite headlights.
The SLC’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe.
The SLC has 38 inches of front headroom, 42.5 inches of front legroom and 52.2 inches of front shoulder room.
The SLC has a large 6.5 cubic feet of trunk volume with its top down. The SLC has a much larger trunk with its top up 10.1 cubic feet.
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the SLC’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk.
With its convertible body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the SLC offers cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the SLC.
The SLC uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. A prop rod supporting a heavy hood takes two hands to open the hood and set, it gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The engine in the SLC is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
An ASSYST PLUS is standard on the SLC to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, spark plug replacement, air filter replacement, tire rotation, radiator flush, brake pad replacement and transmission fluid replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is excellent. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction.
The SLC’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency.
The SLC’s standard tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the SLC has a power telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals.
When three different drivers share the SLC, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle.
The SLC’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out.
The SLC’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically.
The SLC’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted.
The SLC’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car.
The SLC’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access.
If the windows are left open on the SLC the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote.
In case of a sudden change of weather, the SLC offers an optional remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage.
The SLC’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over.
The SLC’s power locks have a lockout prevention feature. When the driver’s door is open, it won’t lock, so you can’t possibly lock your keys in the vehicle.
Keyless-Go optional on the SLC allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip.
The SLC’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SLC to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures.
The rear window of the SLC is glass, so that it won’t become hard to see through with age. A plastic rear window will become opaque with age and scratches.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The SLC offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high.
The SLC has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the SLC detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the SLC offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The SLC also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
The SLC’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. Without side window demisters the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.
The SLC’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows.
The SLC has standard power remote mirrors. Without a remote driver side or passenger side mirror the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.
The SLC’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility.
The SLC’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access.
When the SLC is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position.
The SLC’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver.
The SLC offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter.
The SLC has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue.
The SLC’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible.
The SLC’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the SLC’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SLC offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic.
To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the SLC has standard steering wheel controls for the radio.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the SLC. The SLC’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.)
With optional voice command, the SLC offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the SLC, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily.
Mercedes sold 18,40 SLC’s during 2019.
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