Mercedes-Benz has introduced the third version of its luxurious CLS Coupe expected to arrive here in the middle of this year, writes Trish Whelan.
The model, first launched in 2003, was designed to create an entirely new car segment.
This new CLS is described as ‘a classic in its own lifetime’ combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a saloon.
Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland describes the new CLS as ‘a car created for the discerning motorist’ who seeks elegance, luxury and prestige in an ultra-modern, eye-catching and timeless design that is vibrant and enjoyable to drive’.
The interior consists of high grade materials and finish. Seats designed exclusively for the CLS can now accommodate five people and backrests can be folded to expand the 520-litre luggage compartment.
Power is from a completely new engine line-up. Initially, it comprises 6-cylinder, in-line diesel and petrol units with 4MATIC models included in the offering.
Three diesels are available at launch: a CLS 300d with 245hp and 500 Nm torque (300d is expected to be the popular choice with Irish buyers) along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and with 286hp and 600Nm torque; and a CLS400d 4MATIC with 340hp and 700Nm of torque. A CLS 220d version will follow early next year. Combined fuel consumption and C02 emissions are noticeably low in all cases.
The most powerful model is a CLS 450 4MATIC 6-cylinder petrol version delivering 367hp and 500Nm of torque with a combined fuel consumption of 7.5 l/100km and C02 emissions of 178g/km.
While in appearance the new CLS has clear echoes of the Mercedes-AMG GT, it has a number of features in common with the S-Class such as the latest generation touchscreen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems.
Optional safety and driver assistance features are systems that assist in maintaining speed limits and others that give protection in various ways including preparing occupants for the anticipated noise should a collision occur. Improved camera and radar systems provide an enhanced view of surrounding traffic while map and navigation data can be used to calculate driving behaviour. The headlamps produce maximum light intensity over a 650 metres distance. A dynamically set up steel comfort suspension is standard. Air suspension is also offered.
Ciaran Allen confirms that prices will be announced closer to its market introduction next May/June but are expected to be at a competitive level.