|Updated Mercedes-Benz CLS Series
When looking at the current CLS or its predecessor, both share much of their underlying structure, engines and hardware with the well-regarded E-Class. In a way, you’re essentially buying a more visually interesting version of Mercedes’ popular midsize saloon.
|Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe
|Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake
|Downward sloping roof remains untouched
The distinctive and muscular sports car-like shoulder line above the rear axle, which highlights the athletic character of the CLS, is visible on both models as well. The flared wheel arches, interplay of lines and the signature ‘dropping line’ have been further enhanced to pop out even more. Both the revised four-door CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake feature a sharper front section.
|Revamped front grille
|9G TRONIC transmission
This particular version of both the CLS Shooting Brake and Coupe comes equipped with a V6 diesel engine with 190 kW (258 hp) and impressive 620 Nm of torque. The equally powerful V6 petrol unit underneath the bonnet of the CLS 400 delivers 245 kW (333 hp). The biturbo 3.5-litre power unit churns out 480 Nm of torque, which is 110 Nm more compared to its naturally aspirated engine in the previous model. The CLS 500 crowns the performance list with 300 kW (408 hp) and up to 600 Nm. Paired with the engines is the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission. With nine forward gears the 9G TRONIC manages to reduce fuel consumption, while further enhancing shift comfort and agility.
|MULTIBEAM LED headlights
|Redesigned three-sporke steering
Other new features include a redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and a host of exquisite details which underscore the interior’s high quality both in visual and tactile terms. The central control panel in the centre console has four instead of the previous two buttons, thus requiring fewer operating steps in many cases. The front seats provide great comfort and lateral support. The seats also feature electronic adjustments.
|Comfortable front seats
|Seating for three in the Shooting Brake
The CLS Shooting Brake on the other hand has three sitting positions are the rear with ergonomically shaped individual outer seats and backrests with a 60:40 split. The Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online infotainment systems are paired with the 8-inch screen. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources such as Bluetooth, from the Apple iPod and iPhone, from SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
|Rear of the revamped CLS Coupe