First introduced in 2003, Mercedes-Benz has introduced its third version of its eye-pleasing CLS four-door, five seat Coupé.
First eye contact will draw you to the front-end with its single louvre diamond grille and wide and distinctive headlamps. Its sleek shape, with its frameless side windows, is verified by its drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd. At the rear, its two-section taillights and rear bumper with inset reflectors add individual style to its coupe stance.
Thw 2018 CLS can now accommodate five occupants, with its backrests folded to expand a 520-litre luggage compartment. Features found within the CLS include: fully digital ‘width-accentuated’ cabin that includes individually adjustable 64 colour ambience lighting, illuminated air vents, hand-finished appearance upholstery, air conditioning with colour-guided, red/blue, warmer/cooler temperature control.
Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, confirmed that prices will be announced closer to its market introduction next May/June. Noting the likelihood that they will be ‘within reach’ of current levels, Ciaran said: ‘our intention will be to hold CLS prices at a competitive level consistent with market conditions and the expressed determination of Mercedes-Benz to offer value at all points across its model range’.
The 2018 CLS comes with all of the latest generation touch-screen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems. Within an array of optional safety and driver assistance features are systems that assist in maintaining speed limits and others that give protection in various ways. Of these, one prepares 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. In stop-‘n-go traffic – when stops are less than 30 seconds duration – the CLS can reduce stress on the driver by progressing forward automatically. High-performance headlamps produce maximum light intensity over a 650 metres distance while optional comfort control features systematically manage seat heater, ventilation and massage, steering wheel heating, lighting and atmosphere.
A completely new engine line-up powers the new CLS. Initially, it comprises 6-cylinder, in-line diesel and petrol units with 4MATIC models included in the offering. Diesels – with aluminium block and steel pistons – are engineered with stepped-bowl combustion two-stage turbo-charging and, for the first time, variable valve-lift control. Components used in reducing emissions are installed directly on the engine.
Three diesel units are available at launch: a CLS 300d, expected to be the popular choice in Ireland, along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and CLS400d 4MATIC. Following, in early-2019, will be a CLS 220d version.
The 300d unit delivers 245hp and 500Nm torque, while the 350d unit has 286hp and 600Nm torque available. Drivers choosing the 400d version get 340hp and 700Nm torque to command.
The most powerful model in the CLSrange is the 450 4MATIC, 6-cylinder petrol unit, with 367hp and 500Nm torque. Here you get eight-cylinder performance, Mercedes-Benz caiming combined fuel consumption of 7.5-litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 178g/km.
A dynamically set up steel comfort suspension is standard on the 2018 CLS. Optionally available is a sporty setup with continuously adjustable damping at the front and rear axles with selectable comfort, sport and sport plus modes. Air suspension is also offered.