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Spy Shot Mercedes-Benz SLK

The vario-roof, introduced on the original SLK as a folding metal hardtop, is going all glass with a switchable blackout system. The new development is called Magic Sky Control and is confirmed by Benz just this week.

But Carparazzi has more than just a tease on the 2012 SLK, as it has caught the complete car with barely any disguise. The upcoming SLK is pictured at Daimler's proving ground at Sindelfingen in Germany, where the brand does much of its basic test work, as well as the roads close to the brand's headquarters.

The pictures show a car which is slightly larger than the current SLK, as well as more masculine in its basic lines and beefed-up with a CLS-  style nose and lamps similar to the coming tweak to the compact C-Class.

Carparazzi expects the SLK to go public early next year, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales from the final months of   next year as a 2012 model. The car is likely to continue with V6 engines and small petrol and diesel turbos, but there is also talk of a hybrid power pack and a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 for the AMG model.