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Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2002 SLK32 AMG
Location: Chandler, AZ - USA
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They are trim levels...
They are trim levels, very much the same as LX, DX, and EX for Hondas.
Mercedes has 3 trim levels for the A-, C-, and E-class sedans: Classic (basic), Avantgarde (sporty), and Elegance (luxury). The CLK has only Avantgarde and Elegance. Sometimes options are tied to particular trim levels (e.g. if you want the 17" wheel option, you must buy the Avantgarde trim level).
In the USA, they are marketed a bit differently. The base US-spec versions are Elegance. The C-class Sport models, the E-class "Appearance package", and the CLK500 are all based on Avantgarde versions.
Other models (i.e. CL, G, ML, S, SL, SLK) do not have multiple trim levels, so to answer your second question: No, they don't come in SLK trim.
'02 SLK32 AMG, Firemist Red, Alpaca/Charcoal, K4, CD changer
'04 E320 Wagon, Capri Blue, Stone.