Mercedes-Benz has revamped the the four-door CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake, with updates to both exterior and interior, new features and a new V6 joining the range.
The brand’s style icons gain an expressive new diamond radiator grille, a pronounced front bumper with large air intakes, Multibeam LED headlamps and new, darkened rear tail lights with multi-level functionality.
Inside, updates include a new, free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 8.3-inch screen, redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and new interior trim designs.
New to the CLS range is the V6 petrol engine of the CLS 400. Endowed with a biturbo drive system, the V6 displaces 3.0-litre. Compared to its predecessor, which had a naturally aspirated engine, output is 20 kW more at 245 kW. Its torque increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm and is available from 1200 to 4000 rpm.
The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo continues to power the top of the range CLS 63 AMG S, with 430 kW channeled to the rear wheels through an improved AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. Mercedes claims the V8 is one of the world’s most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines, consuming 10.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
As a new item of standard equipment, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are equipped in all models across the new CLS range.
The crucial element in the LED lighting system is the new anti-dazzle main beam. Using the camera positioned behind the front windscreen it detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front, and mechanically masks them out in the light cone of the main beam so that the drivers are not dazzled. Consequently, the main-beam headlamps can be left on at all times, to use their full range without irritating or even endangering other road users.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake pricing (excluding on roads)
CLS 250 CDI: $114,900
CLS 400: $139,900
CLS 500: $169,000
CLS 63 AMG ‘S’: $249,000
CLS Shooting Brake:
CLS 250 CDI: $124,900
CLS 500: $179,900