Classy Merc four-door coupe now with extra diesel grunt
CLS Grand Edition with 272hp diesel
Merc says it’s giving away four-and-a-half grand's worth of extras for two-and-a-half grand of extra cash when you buy the new Grand Edition version of its CLS.
The CLS Grand Edition is based on the 350 CDI V6 diesel, which has been subject to a 48hp upgrade taking output to a useful 272hp. With nearly 40lb ft of extra torque on tap to boot, this latest diesel model shaves half a second off the old 350 CDI’s 0-62mph time, dropping it to 6.5secs. Fuel consumption is uncompromised, at least on the combined cycle, where Merc still claims a combined figure of 37.2mpg.
0-62mph in 6.5secs and 37.2mpg claimed
Just 560 copies of the CLS Grand Edition are destined for UK dealer showrooms, where they’ll stand out with 18ins Titanium Grey AMG alloys, and front grille louvres and headlamps in a silver matt finish. There are five colours available, including the same Palladium Silver finish pictured here, and the Grand Edition also benefits from the Bi-Xenon headlamp package, including Merc’s ‘cornering’ and ‘active’ light functions said to improve road illumination in corners by up to 90 percent, enabling the driver to see up to 25m further along an extended bend with a radius of 190m... which may be useful pub-talk fodder, if nothing else!
If you want one, the total cost is £48,445 on the road.