Mercedes-Benz has introduced the all-new 3rd generation CLS – the new torch bearer for the Sensual purity design concept that combines the elegance and dynamism of a coupe with the functional comfort of a saloon. Three variants are available – the CLS 350 d 4MATIC, CLS 400 4MATIC and CLS 450 4MATIC.
The CLS 350 d 4MATIC is packed with 286 hp with 600 Nm, CLS 400 4MATIC with 340 hp with 700 Nm and the CLS 450 4MATIC with 367 hp with 500 Nm alongside an additional 22 hp with 250 Nm via the EQ Boost electric motor system that features a 48-volt on-board electrical system.
The aluminium block diesel engines come with two-stage turbocharging, steel pistons, NANOSLIDE coating of the cylinder walls and for the first time, the CAMTRONIC variable valve-lift control. Particularly in the CLS 450 4MATIC, a particulate filter is standard.
On the exterior, highlights include the LED High Performance Headlamps, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and LED tail lights with Edgelight backlighting exuding a crystalline appearance. The combination of the CLS’ reduced lines and edges along with generously arched surfaces is a drag coefficient of just 0.26.
Inside, a high-resolution Widescreen cockpit is available featuring two 12.3-inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. Three different styles of display can be chosen – Classic, Sport and Progressive. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.
A new highlight is the illuminated air vents, an extension of the 64-colour ambience lighting – that resembles jet aircraft turbines. It also works in tandem with the air conditioning – when temperature is changed, it briefly changes its colour to red (warm) or blue (cold).
The interior also comes with the optional ENERGIZING comfort control which uses the air-conditioning including fragrancing, the seat’s heating and massage function, the surface and steering wheel heating as well as lighting to provide a specific “wellness environment” according to the driver’s mood. At the back, boot space is rated at a generous 520-litres.
The CLS comes with three different suspension setups – a steel comfort suspension is standard while the DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL and AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension are optional.
Safety wise, it’s as impeccable as ever – sharing loads in common with the new S-Class. Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, Speed Limit Assist and the occupant protection system PRE-SAFE. Also new and available as standard is the PRE-SAFE Sound which prepares the occupants hearing for the anticipation of accident noise.
The optional Driving Assistance Package features the Active Distance Control DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE‑SAFE® PLUS.
In addition, the Driving Assistance Plus package includes PRE-SAFE Impulse Side. This system can prepare the front occupants for a side impact by giving them a sideways impulse, reducing the risk of injury.
There will be an Edition 1 launch model as well – available for only a year after the market launch. It will receive the Copper Art interior design with Black Pearl nappa leather upholstery. The centre console and dashboard trims in black open-pored ash wood also features the IWC analogue clock as its centre piece.
The exterior is based on the AMG Line. Special features include the Multibeam LED headlamps, 20-inch multi-spoke AMG light alloy wheels. The special model can be instantly recognisable by the “Edition 1” lettering on the front wings.