2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS: price, engines and specs
In 2003, Mercedes-Benz created a new vehicle segment that combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a saloon.
That vehicle was the CLS, and with its third generation coming in 2018 Mercedes hope to further cement the aura and unique character of this trendsetting model.
Several engines are available: the CLS 350 d, CLS 400 d, CLS 450 and the CLS 53. Prices start from £57,510 for the CLS 350 d 4MATIC AMG Line.
This produces 286 hp and 600 Nm and can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, achieving 48.7 mpg (combined) and emitting 156 g/km of CO2.
The 400 d, priced from £60,410, produces 340 hp and 700 Nm, achieving 0-62 in five seconds flat. It delivers 47.9 mpg and emitting 156 g/km of CO2.
Priced from £57,610, the 450 uses a new 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder biturbo petrol engine and has an output of 367 hp and 500 Nm of torque, with an extra 250 Nm and 22 hp available thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s innovative new EQ boost technology.
It can travel from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. It has a combined mpg of 36.2 and emits 184 g/km of CO2. The most potent is the C53 which, in S guise, gets from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. It gets the same limited top speed and EQ boost tech as the 450.
Reflecting the timeless aura of the first CLS, this next-gen model exudes self-assured sportiness in exemplary style marked by a grille contour that widens towards the base and a forward-slanting front section. Other features include wide, low-set headlamps and two-section tail lights with its arching waistline, flat side window lines and low roofline.
The striking front-end features include the diamond grille typical of Mercedes-Benz coupes and resembles the contours of the grille on the Mercedes-AMG GT.
The side design is characterised by a high arching waistline and a sporty low roofline with frameless side windows, while the muscular rear shoulder line blends smoothly into the flat rear end.
The luxurious interior of the CLS impresses with its elegance, perfectly matched to the contours of the exterior with the sporty, width-accentuated cockpit and colour combination creating an impression of generous spaciousness.
A high-resolution widescreen cockpit is available, with two 12.3in displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.
In the fully digital cockpit, the driver is able to feely configure the information content according to need and the driving situation.
For the working man on the move, the CLS ensures drivers can use office functions directly in the vehicle and access important data. For example, "Office function in the car" uses the locations of calendar entries and automatically transfers these to the car's navigation system. The user can also dial into a telephone conference on the basis of a calendar entry.
The new CLS has many things in common with the S-Class, and comes equipped with the latest generation of driving assistance systems, with route-based driver support provided by the Driving Assistance Package. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the new CLS also has an even better view of the surrounding traffic and for the first time it also makes use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour.
AMG Line is the only trim level available, and comes with comprehensive standard equipment including 19in alloy wheels, reversing camera, leather upholstery, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, 12.3in infotainment screen with Audio 20 multimedia screen, 12.3in cockpit display, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; Agility Control suspension; and DAB radio.
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