Mercedes-Benz is introducing its SLK 250 roadster for the first time with diesel-power. The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI diesel will be available by September 13, 2011 with a starting price of €41,828.50 (US$60,065) in Germany.
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI is equipped with a 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine producing 204 horsepower and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The diesel engine is mated to a standard 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. In addition, an optional 6-speed manual transmission will also be available in the second quarter of 2012.
If you think diesel powered cars are a bit slow to churn at the start, think again. The new SLK 250 CDI can go from 0-62 mph in just 6.7 seconds and with a top speed 151 mph (243 km/h). These performance numbers are on par with the gasoline-powered SLK 250 BlueEfficiency that features a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 204 horsepower, which has a 0-62 mph time in 6.6 sec and similar top speed.
As for fuel economy, Mercedes-Benz claims that the SLK 250 CDI provides a combined fuel return of 4.9lt/100km (48 mpg US or 57.7 mpg UK) compared to the SLK 250 BlueEfficiency’s fuel economy rating of 6.2 lt/100 km (38 US mpg or 45.6mpg UK). To further enhance fuel efficiency, the SLK 250 CDI is also come with a start/stop system as standard.
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI diesel also comes with a panoramic glass roof that features MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which allows the glass to be changed from dark to transparent. Mercedes-Benz has no plans to offer the 2012 SLK 250 CDI in the U.S. just yet.