Mercedes Go Back To The Future With All New CLS Styling
OK, so you may have seen this already, the new third-generation CLS was revealed last week. It appears that Mercedes have reversed the styling direction of the bloated second-generation CLS in favor of an evolution of the 2003 first-generation model. Confused? you might well be but the results speak for themselves, the new CLS is stylish once more, ahead of the curve, top of the class, four-door coupe.
Initially two diesel engines, 350d, 400d and one petrol engine, 450 4MATIC will be available, the interesting note here is that they will all be inline/straight six engines as opposed to V6. Power ranges from 286bhp, 340bhp and 367bhp respectively.
The petrol engine will feature a 48-volt electrical system that will not only power the latest on-board gadgets but will also boost system power by 22bhp with a EQ Boost for short periods. This electrified petrol engine delivers the performance of an 8-cylinder unit but with lower consumption.
Standard equipment highlights include LED headlamps, 18‑inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a 12.3‑inch media display, ambiance lighting including illuminated air vents, Mercedes me connect services and a communication module with LTE.
Mercedes say the 4-door coupe is, in fact, a five-seater, optional extras will include features such as comfort control that comprises of the climate control which combines fragrancing, heated seats, lighting and musical atmospheres into one. We call it the “hippy-mode”.
Like all modern day cars, the CLS will also have optional driver safety features such Active Steering, Active Braking Assist, radar-guided cruise control and many others.
Three choices of suspensions will be offered conventional steel sprung is standard, air suspension and an adaptive damping system, the latter two can be combined.
The CLS will begin retail sales in the UK in March 2018 and will be priced at, we don’t know just yet… it’s a secret…