The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a compact luxury roadster, produced by Mercedes-Benz. It was released in 1996 and had since been built at the Mercedes plant in Bremen, Germany, until the end of production in 2020. The name 'SLK' stands for sportlich (sporty), leicht (lightweight), and kurz (short).
The R170 Mercedes SLK was the first-generation compact roadster produced by Mercedes-Benz, from 1996 to 2004. It was designed from late 1991 under Bruno Sacco, with a final design being completed in early 1993 and approved by the board. The production SLK-Class was introduced at the Turin Motor Show on 22 April 1996, appearing as a modern incarnation of the 1950s Mercedes-Benz 190SL, by returning to four cylinders and with an identical 2 400mm wheelbase. A facelift was introduced to all models in 2000, featuring an updated design and updated engines