The new SLK - Lifting the Lid on Safety
Maximum safety with optimum driving pleasure
Stuttgart, Germany, In January 2011, Mercedes-Benz will be launching the new SLK. The agile sports car will feature a new, exciting design, exceptionally high levels of comfort for a roadster, as well as plenty of open-air driving pleasure. At the same time, it will also set new standards for open-top sports cars in terms of safety.
The third generation of the trendsetter will make use
of a whole host of the latest assistance systems to support the driver:
ATTENTION ASSIST and ADAPTIVE BRAKE as standard
The new SLK also features a unique combination of driver assistance systems which help to avoid accidents. These include the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, for example. Thanks to this system, the roadster develops a precise feeling for the level of attentiveness of the driver and can provide an early warning of overtiredness. Also making up part of the standard equipment specification is the ADAPTIVE BRAKE. It comprises ABS, the acceleration skid control system ASR and also active yaw control (GMR).
Occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®
An additional safety highlight which will be available in the new SLK is the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, a system developed by Mercedes-Benz which is unique throughout the world. If the system detects an acute risk of an accident, it reflexively activates precautionary protective measures for the vehicle occupants, so that the seat belts and airbags are able to fulfil their protective function to the full during an impact. Available as optional extras are the DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control and the PRE-SAFE® Brake, already tried and tested in other Mercedes-Benz models. Both systems work in conjunction and can initiate emergency braking automatically on detecting an acute risk of an accident.
New headbag and crash-responsive head restraints
A new feature is the headbag, which provides generous
lateral protection for the head impact area. An additional thorax airbag in the seat backrest protects the upper body in the event of a side impact. Another new feature finding its way into the standard equipment of the forthcoming SLK comes in the form of the NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints, developed by Mercedes-Benz. They support the driver’s and front passenger’s head in the event of a rear impact and reduce the risk of whiplash.
Protection for pedestrians
The new SLK roadster uses the latest technology in the area of pedestrian protection too. A sensor system is able to register an impact with a pedestrian and can ensure that the bonnet is immediately raised by 85 mm. This creates additional space between the bonnet and the components in the engine compartment.This in turn results in comparatively lower acceleration values for the head of the pedestrian during the impact, thus reducing the overall risk of injury.
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