RE: New Mercedes-Benz CLS first details

RE: New Mercedes-Benz CLS first details

Thursday 30th November 2017

New Mercedes-Benz CLS first details

S-Class tech, new engines and a fresh look for Mercedes' third-gen kind-of coupe



Remember when the first Mercedes CLS came along, taking staid and safe Mercedes to a far swoopier and sexier place? That was 2003, and the four-door coupe hadn't really figured in the motoring mainstream; now, such was the success of that original that Merc will sell you a front-wheel drive, diesel CLA. And don't you see plenty of those?


Mercedes will be hoping you see plenty of these as well, the third-generation CLS. Described as "building more strongly than ever on the aura and unique character of this trendsetting model", it has made its debut at LA and will go on sale next March.

The CLS's styling has of course always been a big part of its appeal; while we would typically impart a PH opinion on the matter for a new car, it would be remiss not to pass on Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener's thoughts. Ready? "We have reduced its DNA to an extremely puristic level while emotionally charging it with an almost erotic beauty." One to tell your friends when they ask.

The interior borrows heavily from the E-Class, which is certainly no bad thing in our book. There's probably another awkward quote to use here but that doesn't seem fair; the important news now is that the CLS is a five-seater for the first time, the seats can be folded and there's 520-litres of boot space.


The CLS will be launched with a range of straight-sixes recently introduced in the S-Class. There will be a 350d 4Matic with 286hp and 443lb ft, a 400d 4Matic with 340hp and 516lb ft (both using the same 3.0-litre diesel) and a CLS450 4Matic with 367hp and 369lb ft. Well, sort of. As one of Mercedes new 'EQ Boost' engines, the six-cylinder petrol comes with 48v onboard electrical system that can also provide a 22hp/184lb ft overboost. Mercedes claims it helps out with energy recuperation sufficiently enough to "make fuel savings possible that were previously the exclusive domain of high-voltage hybrid technology."

You'll be familiar by now with the roster of optional equipment available on Benzes, and those extras feature here too - with extra capital letters. The optional air suspension is AIR BODY CONTROL, PRE-SAFE Impulse Side prepares occupants for an impending crash with a "sideways impulse" and the ULTRA RANGE high beam of the MULTIBEAM LED headlights produces "the maximum light intensity permitted by law". So there you go. As standard you'll get Active Brake Assists, Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST (is that a voice shouting at you perhaps?) and Speed Limit Assist.


While the car is driving itself along in traffic you can take advantage of the CLS's 'In-Car Office tech", allowing you to further extend those powerfully built company director hours on the commute. The car can automatically dial into a conference call, even one with a PIN access code, from a calendar entry. And presumably including those ones you don't want to be in...

It's a comprehensive overhaul of the CLS then, and this is just the start: four-cylinder versions will follow, and you would have to assume both estate and AMG versions too. Keep your eyes peeled for more in the New Year.

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mikey P 500

Original Poster:

892 posts

118 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Looks great (used to have one of the out going models) but this looks really nice, hopefully get one of these at some point.

ducnick

845 posts

174 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Stringfellows edition interior so you can cuddle up with your favourite stripper in the back surrounded by the purple glow from the dashboard mood lighting as you sink into your luxury fake leather seat.

Gameface

3,163 posts

8 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Matte paint.

WHY???

DoctorX

3,945 posts

98 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Like that a lot. Thank goodness Mercedes is starting to get rid of the godawful headlights on most of their current cars.

Desiboy

3 posts

10 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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DoctorX said:
Like that a lot. Thank goodness Mercedes is starting to get rid of the godawful headlights on most of their current cars.
Looks like they've cribbed the headlights from the Ford Mustang and the rear lights from any Audi. The cabin space (exterior) looks similar to the 1st gen though, much nicer then the 2nd Gen.
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kambites

54,323 posts

152 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Desiboy said:
Looks like they've cribbed the headlights from the Ford Mustang .
That was my first thought when I saw the nose. smile

DoctorX

3,945 posts

98 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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kambites said:
Desiboy said:
Looks like they've cribbed the headlights from the Ford Mustang .
That was my first thought when I saw the nose. smile
You’re saying this like it’s a bad thing hehe

kambites

54,323 posts

152 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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DoctorX said:
You’re saying this like it’s a bad thing hehe
Compared to other recent Mercs, not really. biggrin

It's actually quite a nice looking car, which I haven't though about a Mercedes saloon in quite a while.

Riverside Red

636 posts

66 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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After owning the first and second generation CLS this is a dreadful mish-mash of Mercedes latest lines of coupes and saloons, the Matt paint makes it look like the Chav brother of the equally dreadful CLA.

What happened to the individual style of the CLS........this is just dreadfully fugly and even makes a Panamera look stylish.

RR


Riverside Red

636 posts

66 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Are these all 4wd as well, God, manual cars dead, NA cars dead, now rear wheel drive cars dead........

No way will this be my next Mercedes, not as long as I have a hole in my you know where.

RR

Edited by Riverside Red on Wednesday 29th November 19:43

aaron_2000

1,751 posts

14 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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The issue with Mercedes is all their cars look pretty much the same, not that they're exactly ugly cars. The CLS used to be individual, you couldn't mistake it for anything else, not too sure that's the case anymore. Still a fantastic looking car, and the interior is beautiful on it.

akashzimzimma

21 posts

8 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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I can see a bit of Audi A5 in the rear lights, other than like I really like the styling, more a kin to the 1st gen than the blander looking 2nd gen.
I have an E class with the widescreen cockpit, it's it one of best there is especially at the price. I would like to trade in for one of these with an in line diesel, so good to see Merc bring that configuration back.
The only thing that puts me off , a bit anal admittedly, is that cD goes from best in the World of 0.23 on the E class to just 0.27 ln this thanks the droopy rear end.

Shifty Bloke

161 posts

93 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Looks like every other bloody Merc now, at least it seems to me.

Liked the uniqueness of the CLS

Rich_W

9,129 posts

143 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Well that's not a looker is it!

Not a massvie fan of them, but they have always had something about them.

As above, if you didn't know youd think this was a CLA repalcement

KillerHERTZ

534 posts

129 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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As an owner of a CLS55 AMG, I can see the lines from the A-Pillar back look almost identical to the original generation. Looks great IMO

ZX10R NIN

10,946 posts

56 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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I have to say that looks good.


Yipper

5,964 posts

21 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Looks hideous. Looks like a cheap Chinese copy of a CLS.

had ham

3,194 posts

114 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Nice - I like it. I suspect it will look even nicer with normal paint, silver wheels and none of that stupid window tinting.

HannsG

2,206 posts

65 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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I really like that

rare6499

186 posts

70 months

Wednesday 29th November 2017
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The interior is excellent. The exterior is dull. The E Class is more exciting looking, and it’s supposed to be the they way round...