Leaked image of 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Magic Sky Control roof

Leaked image of 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Magic Sky Control roof

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will bring some new features to the range, including the debut of one feature that is sure spread across the lineup: the Magic Sky Control roof. Teased here in a photo leaked ahead of the car's 2011 Geneva Motor Show debut, the roof looks simple enough. But looks can be deceiving.

In addition to being a glass roof, the Magic Sky Control roof on the 2012 SLK features a computer-controlled dynamic tinting system to keep light levels within the comfort zone of the occupants.

Those familiar with Mercedes' new 2011 E-Class Cabrio will remember the AirCap riding atop the windshield. A very effective device for keeping the cockpit at a comfortable temperature with minimal turbulence, the tiny strip is composed of no fewer than 211 parts. The Magic Sky Control glass roof, while simple in appearance, is likely every bit as over-engineered.

Magic Sky Control is itself a member of a set of "magic" technologies to roll out on next-generation Benzes, including Magic Body Control on the S-Class and CL-Class.

We'll keep you posted as the Geneva show draws nearer, but until then, you can enjoy these spy shots, or the ones taken by the High Gear Media team while on the Fireball Run a couple weeks ago.

[Image via Mercedes-Benz Passion]