Mercedes-Benz CLS third generation is here and carries Merc's new design philosophy with visibly reduced lines and clear contours. The forward slanting front section is marked by a grille contour that widens towards the base, and a high arching waistline, low roofline and frameless side windows give the CLS a sporty stance. The CLS was hailed for its design in its first generation and now that it has grown to third, it is still at it. Along with a new svelte design, the new CLS gets some technological upgrades that include driverless and safety features and it gets a new set of engines to choose from. Like the previous generations, the new car is a stylish and sporty package, coupled with long-distance comfort and state-of-the-art tech. The four-door coupé will enter the market in March 2018.
The CLS that came in 2003 demonstrated a new vehicle segment that combined elegance and dynamism of a coupe and practicality of a saloon. The new CLS takes forward this concept, with the 'Sensual Purity' design - sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced. The front-end features include the diamond grille typical of Mercedes-Benz coupés. The silhouette of the radiator grille widens towards the base, resembling the contours of the grille on the Mercedes-AMG GT.
New Mercedes-Benz CLS has a muscular rear shoulder line which blends into the flat rear end. Characteristic coupé features include the two-section tail lights, reflectors positioned in the rear bumper, the location of the registration plate in the bumper and the Mercedes star at the centre of the boot lid. Depending on specification, this houses an extendable camera.
Like the headlamps, the LED tail lights with Edgelight backlighting have a crystalline appearance and create a three-dimensional effect. Their low positioning accentuates the width of the vehicle.
To provide for the comfort, it gets Air Body Control suspension and the occupant's needs are covered by the very latest infotainment generation with In-Car-Office, smartphone connectivity via Mercedes-Benz Link and wireless charging. The touchpad in the centre console gives haptic and acoustic feedback when operating the numerous convenience functions and settings.
Under the bonnet, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS has been given an entirely new set of engine options - a 286 bhp CLS 350 d 4MATIC and a 340 bhp unit in the CLS 400 d 4MATIC. Only one petrol is available, which happens to be the most powerful in the line-up - a six-cylinder in the CLS 450 4MATIC that produces 367 bhp.
"The new CLS is a design icon as the archetype of the four-door coupé. In line with our hot & cool design philosophy, we have reduced its DNA to an extremely puristic level while emotionally charging it with an almost erotic beauty," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG.
On the inside, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS gets a blend of elegance and sportiness, with colour combinations that create an impression of spaciousness. There is ambient lighting, air-conditioning vents are illuminated and the seats have a hand-finished appearance. A high-resolution widescreen cockpit is available with two 12.3-inch displays arranged beneath a shared glass cover. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS has many things in common with the new S-Class. It is equipped with the latest generation of driving assistance systems, with route-based driver support provided by the Driving Assistance Package.
The range of driving assistance and safety systems features a modular design and as standard includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist and the occupant protection system Pre-Safe. New and also part of the standard specification is Pre-Safe Sound (prepares human hearing for the anticipated accident noise when there is a risk of a collision). And then there is also an optional Driving Assistance Plus Package which consists of Active Distance Control Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist along with several other safety features.