Mercedes-Benz has introduced the latest version of its luxurious CLS Coupé, now widely considered to have achieved classic car status within its own lifetime.
Designed to create an entirely new vehicle segment – CLS combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. Now in its third generation, it continues to radiate that self-assured sense of sportiness so characteristic of its predecessors, within its spacious and functional four-door form.
Viewed from the outside, the new CLS has clear echoes of the Mercedes-AMG GT. This is reflected in its striking front-end with its single louvre diamond grille and wide, pronounced headlamps – two marks of the Mercedes-Benz coupé. Its outstanding aerodynamics and 0.26 Cd value are evident in its sporty, low-profile, frameless side windows and high, arching waistline. To the rear, its muscular shoulder line blends smoothly into a flat rear end, while other coupé-like features include two-section taillights and rear bumper with inset reflectors and registration plate.
Inside, soft leather, refined wood and a seemingly freely floating widescreen creates its aero-like cockpit. The operation and display units are executed in particularly high quality: metallised switch surfaces, a frameless inside rear mirror as well as the consistent display window of the widescreen cockpit exude real manufacturing quality.
For the first time, seats designed exclusively for the CLS can now accommodate five occupants. The consistent colour concept reaches right back to the rear area and also includes the B-pillar. The AMG Line and two new design equipment lines allow a highly individual and high-quality interior design with various materials and colours.
The highlight is the new interior lighting concept. The exceptional ambience lighting can be individually adjusted to 64 colours – for the first time this system also includes illuminated air outlets.
A completely new engine line-up powers the new CLS. Initially, it comprises 6cylinder, in-line diesel and petrol units with 4MATIC models included in the offering. Diesels – with aluminium block and steel pistons – are engineered with stepped-bowl combustion two-stage turbo-charging and, for the first time, variable valve-lift control.
Components used in reducing emissions are installed directly on the engine.
Three diesel units are available at launch: a CLS 300d, expected to be the popular choice in Ireland, along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and CLS400d 4MATIC. Following, in early-2019, will be a CLS 220d version. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are noticeably low in all cases.
The most powerful model is a CLS 450 4MATIC 6-cylinder petrol version. Delivering eight-cylinder performance, its lower fuel consumption is revealed in levels once the exclusive domain of high-voltage hybrids.
Be it during rush hour, on long night-time drives or on unknown routes – your Mercedes-Benz CLS noticeably relieves you, particularly in stressful situations.
There is a concept behind this that makes every journey in a Mercedes-Benz safe and unique: Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive.
Within an impressive array of optional safety and driver assistance features are systems that assist in maintaining speed limits and others that give protection in various ways. Of these, one prepares occupants for the anticipated noise should a collision occur. The availability of equipment depends on the engine and the configuration selected.
Sharing features in common with the S-Class, the new CLS comes with all of the latest generation touch-screen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems.
Improved camera and radar systems provide an enhanced view of surrounding traffic while map and navigation data can be used to calculate driving behaviour.
High-performance headlamps produce maximum light intensity over a 650 metres distance while optional comfort control features systematically manage seat heater, ventilation and massage, steering wheel heating, lighting and atmosphere measures that add to wellbeing and performance.