Mercedes-Benz formulated all this 4-door coupe shenanigan that all of its German rivals now do, too. The Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series GranCoupe are prime examples, though the 6 Series GranCoupe has been discontinued.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS has an iconic shape. It’s teardrop silhouette is accentuated by its high beltline that follows the contours of the car’s greenhouse. Unlike the previous generation model it replaces, the whole car has been simplified. The sides have been cleaned up, devoid of any character lines, but somehow, the disappearance of those, especially the lines that create a widened rear wheel arch in the previous model, somewhat makes the new CLS look a little too slabsided. We can’t argue how the front looks, though. We think it looks better thanks to the AMG GT inspired face due to the grille growing wider as it gets lower towards the bumper. The Multibeam LED headlights with LED daytime running lights follow the contours of the grille, while the LED rear lights with three-dimensional crystalline effect accentuates the car’s width.
We know that the CLS-Class is based from the E-Class, but Mercedes-Benz has put some effort to make it more distinctive than the sedan’s interior. As always, the wide screen interior, with its twin 12-inch TFT LCD displays, are an option, but it’s an option worth getting. There is ambient lighting that can be configured in 64 colors, and what’s interesting about it is that, as you change the climate control temperature, the ambient lights momentarily change from red to blue as you increase/decrease the temperature. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is now a five-seater car. We don’t even know why Mercedes-Benz thought of making the CLS a four-seater ever since was a good idea.
Powering the CLS are a trio of all-new inline-6 cylinder engines, all of which are 3.0 liters in displacement. There are two diesels, a CLS 350D 4MATIC, which produces 282 hp and 600 Nm of torque, and a CLS 400D 4MATIC, which produces 335 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The two diesels accelerate from 0-100 kph in 5.7 and 5.0 seconds, respectively. The third choice is a petrol CLS 450 4MATIC, which interestingly, is a mild-hybrid system. It has EQ Boost and a 48V on-board electric system. Engine output is at 362 hp and 500 Nm of torque, while the EQ Boost function adds another 21 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The mild-hyrid petrol powertrain enables the CLS to accelerate from 0-100 kph in 4.8 seconds.
In terms of safety, the new CLS is generously equipped. Standard safety features include the latest version of Mercedes-Benz’s Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and PRE-SAFE autonomous emergency braking. Available as options, the CLS borrows many of the flagship S-Class’ new semi-autonomous driving tech, which includes stuff like the Driving Assistance Package, which features Active Distance Control, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Actiive Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and PRE-SAFE Plus. Man, that’s a lot of assists to talk about.
Additionally, the Multibeam LED headlights with Ultra Range High Beam illuminates the road at a distance of as much as 650 meters from the car.
Mercedes-Benz will first be selling Edition 1 models of the CLS to customers. The Edition 1 is based on the AMG line variant, and offered as standard include LED intelligent lights, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke black alloy wheels, and Edition 1 lettering in the front fenders.
Edition 1 buyers get to enjoy exclusive interior appointments, which features a “Copper Art Interior Concept”, black pearl Nappa leather seats, copper colored accents and contrast stitching, IWC Schaffhausen analog clock with exclusive dial face, gloss black key, Edition 1 floor mats, chrome Edition 1 lettering in the center console, and Edition 1 logos in the welcome screen.