• Jan 18, 2008
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Mercedes-Benz has released official information detailing the evolution changes made to its pioneering four-door coupe, the CLS. While mostly subtle, the exterior enhancements combine to soften the look of the car's exterior a bit. The grille now features two bars instead of four, the sideview mirrors are 32% larger and feature integrated turn signals that look like arrows when blinking, and the rear of the car gets new LED taillights, a redesigned rear apron and twin trapezoidal tailpipes. New wheels are also available in 17-inch and 18-inch diameters. Overall, enough has been changed for the discerning eye to notice, but Mercedes thankfully left this car's sexy silhouette untouched.

Follow the jump to learn more about what has changed on the new CLS.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

The changes inside are minor as well, and include a new three-spoke steering wheel and black-on-white instrument cluster. Buyers will have their right foot in command of three possible engines, including a new entry level engine in the CLS 280. It's a 3.0L V6 producing 231 HP and 221 ft.-lb. of torque, good for hitting 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. The second engine is the 3.5L V6 in the CLS 350 CGI, which produces 292 HP. Finally, there's the CLS 500 with the familiar 5.5L V8 producing a stout 388 HP. A diesel model, the CLS 320 CDI, is also available with 224 HP and nearly 400 ft.-lb. of torque on tap.

Last and certainly not least is the new CLS 63 AMG model that warps space time with a 6.3L V8 making 514 HP and 464 ft.-lb. of torque. Mercedes has also thoughtfully reworked the car's 7G-TRONIC transmission to automatically blip the throttle for downshifts. The CLS 63 AMG also gets the new two-bar grille, as well as a pair of new oval tailpipes. Its wheels have also grown an inch to 19 in diameter and feature a new triple-spoke design.

The new CLS is truly an evolutionary step forward for the first four-door coupe this world has ever known. Considering how much praise this car receives for its looks alone, Mercedes will have a very tough time doing a full reskin when the time comes.


The new-generation CLS: Fine-tuning for the design trendsetter

Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz is making the CLS even more irresistible. This one-of-a-kind four-door coupé – the pioneer of a whole new automotive segment – has now been fine-tuned to give it added appeal. The new entry-level model version, the CLS 280 with its sophisticated V6 power unit, develops 170 kW/231 hp. Meanwhile, the flagship model in the range – the CLS 63 AMG with its 378 kW/514 hp AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine – now comes with 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels plus a new AMG sports exhaust system.

Understated but masterly neatly sums up the result of the restyling programme for the CLS. At the front, it is the modified radiator grille that stands out, with two louvres now instead of the previous four. The diamond-shaped, three-dimensional grilles painted in atlas grey that cover the air intakes project an even greater air of self-assurance as well as adding further emphasis to the vehicle's width. The exterior mirrors have also been given a new look. The LED side indicator lamps that are built into them are arranged in the form of an arrow to produce a most eye-catching effect, especially in the dark. The mirror surface has furthermore been enlarged by 32 per cent to afford a clearer view of the traffic behind and thereby boost active safety.

The side view is dominated by new, attractively styled light-alloy wheels, measuring either 17 inches (CLS 280, CLS 320 CDI and CLS 350 CGI) or 18 inches (CLS 500) in diameter. When viewed from the rear, the new-generation CLS makes its mark with a new rear apron, new tail lights, as well as modified tailpipes. The centre section of the rear bumper now drops down further, while the additional light-catching contour running along it adds to the impression of breadth. This is further emphasised by the exhaust tailpipes, which are trapezoidal in shape, and not oval as before. LED technology is now deployed for the tail lights: the brake lamps, tail lamps and indicator lamps all make use of the extra-fast-reacting light-emitting diodes. Just like the side indicators in the exterior mirrors, the rear indicators look like arrows when they light up, which is particularly striking in the dark. The same is true of the optical fibres at the side, which are always activated whenever the low-beam headlamps are switched on.

A new deactivation function for the low-beam headlamps when the ignition is switched off helps to optimise energy management.

The new bodywork details harmonise perfectly with the multi-award-winning design of the CLS and make the four-door Coupé always look as if it is about to dash off. Almost four years on from its world premiere, the electrifying, muscular lines of the trendsetter are as unique and as unmistakable as ever.

New inside: three-spoke steering wheel and new telematics generation
Great attention to detail was paid while updating the interior too: modifications include a restyled leather steering wheel in a three-spoke design with multifunction buttons, as well as a new-look instrument cluster, whose white dials now contrast distinctly with the chased surface of the backplate. The previous matt laurel colour scheme has been replaced with new chestnut wood trim elements.

The CLS features the new NTG 2.5 telematics generation, whose high-performance componentry combines straightforward operation and logical menu navigation with flawless in-vehicle entertainment. Features include speed-sensitive volume control, a keypad for entering telephone numbers and radio frequencies, an MP3-compatible CD and DVD player, as well as a Bluetooth interface which can establish a wireless connection between a mobile phone and the vehicle's hands-free system.

The Audio 20, Audio 20 CD with CD changer, Audio 50 and Audio 50 APS with DVD changer and LINGUATRONIC voice control system have now been upgraded to a 5-inch colour screen. The COMAND APS comes with a high-resolution

6.5-inch colour display, LINGUATRONIC for audio, navigation and telephone calls, a music register for storing audio files, plus an SD memory card slot.

CLS 280: new entry-level engine variant with 170 kW/231 hp
The CLS 280 is equipped with a new entry-level engine, a sophisticated V6 powerplant with a displacement of 2996 cc developing a peak output of 170 kW/231 hp and a maximum torque of 300 Newton metres. This propels the CLS 280 from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and gives it a top speed of 245 km/h. Combined fuel consumption on the NEDC driving cycle is 9.8 - 10.0 litres per 100 kilometres. The second V6 petrol model in the range is the CLS 350 CGI. Its advanced six-cylinder engine featuring piezoelectric direct injection and spray-guided combustion generates 215 kW/292 hp and returns impressively low fuel consumption figures of 9.1 to 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined). Under the bonnet of the CLS 500 is a V8 drive unit with a displacement of 5.5 litres and a maximum output of 285 kW/388 hp. What makes the CLS 320 CDI with its 165 kW/224 hp V6 diesel engine especially thrilling is the formidable torque of 540 Newton metres on the one hand and, on the other, low fuel consumption of just 7.6 - 8.1 litres of diesel for every 100 km (NEDC combined).

All CLS models come fitted with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission as standard. In manual shift mode "M", the driver is able to shift through the gears using shift paddles on the steering wheel if desired. This shortens the 0-100 km/h acceleration time by 0.2 seconds.

CLS 63 AMG flagship model with AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC
The flagship model in the CLS range, the CLS 63 AMG, is powered by the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with 378 kW/514 hp and 630 Newton metres of torque. The high-revving, naturally aspirated engine now makes its presence known in an even more distinctive fashion: the AMG sports exhaust system's redesigned rear silencers deliver an even more captivating soundtrack through the two sets of oval-shaped, chromed twin tailpipes. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission now incorporates a function which blips the throttle automatically during downshifts. This does more than just intensify the emotive driving experience - the virtually load-free downshift procedure also leads to a reduction in load-alteration effects, which is of particular benefit when braking ahead of corners on the race track. The CLS 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, while its top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h.

Also new is the black-painted radiator grille with two louvres instead of the previous three, which blends in perfectly with the AMG bodystyling. The AMG light-alloy wheels, with their new triple-spoke design and a titanium grey, high-sheen paint finish, now measure 19 inches in size instead of 18 as before, and are shod with tyres measuring 255/35 R 19 at the front and 285/30 R 19 at the rear. Inside, the CLS 63 AMG boasts a new AMG sports steering wheel with a three-spoke design. The grip areas are specially contoured and trimmed in perforated leather. Gear selection can be performed manually by means of two aluminium AMG shift paddles.
Attractive optional extras from AMG

There is an exclusive choice of new optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio for the CLS 63 AMG: take the AMG performance steering wheel, for instance, with a smaller diameter, a rim that is flattened at the bottom and silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles. Or the titanium-grey painted AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels with a twin-spoke design and a polished finish, which are manufactured using first-rate forging technology.

All CLS models can be embellished by the addition of the AMG bodystyling package: this comprises a prominent front apron with large air intakes, a beefy rear apron featuring a black insert, as well as side skirts. There is also the option of new AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels in a high-sheen finish with either 255/35 or 285/30 tyres.
Interested customers can place their orders for the new CLS now, with market launch commencing in March 2008. The gross purchase prices for the new CLS are as follows:

CLS 280: €55,692.00
CLS 320 CDI: €59,321.50
CLS 350 CGI: €61,404.00
CLS 500: €75,053.30
CLS 63 AMG: €106,624.00

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      • 7 Years Ago
      If the 3.0 engine only makes 228hp(yes underwhelming, and unimproved with direct injection?), and can push this car to 152mph, why did MB drop the 2.5 V6 from the US C-class? especially with gas prices going up, a lot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure the CLS280 is for Europe, not for the US market. The entry-level CLS here is currently the CLS550.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This remains the one attractive Benz out there. Everything else has been dumbed down or cheapened in the name of chasing volume. The new C-Class looks like something designed to compete with the Corolla. The new GLK is just awful. Long live the CLS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys really all like the design? To me it looks like the beltline is at about nipple-height.... maybe too much of an association with the geriatrics driving 'em
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the best looking cars in the world today. Great job Merc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring the cls 280 and 350 and the 320 diesel here to the united states or even atleast one out of three they will sell like hotcakes
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the LED tailights on cars like these.I'm suprised more high end cars don't have them.They really pierce through bad weather conditions and contrails of fast moving vehicles
      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful car! I have liked these since their introduction, and these tweaks work well. I agree with the LED comment ealier. Why don't more autos have these? They are brighter, last longer, and add a modern touch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        To elaborate...Lighting technology really sets cars apart from one another and goes a long way to improving safety.A few years ago cars started popping up with zenon(I think)headlights which reduced the glare and eye strain oncoming drivers would experience typically associated with ordinary headlights(really great on rainy nights).
        Manufacturers are adding so much safety equipment to cars and overlooking the fact that if You see another vehicle clearly and can gauge it's intensions You're less likely to collide.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well well well. The CTS was my favorite looking sedan until they up and done that to the 63! That thing is astonishing. And the new steering wheel is 1000x better than the previous thing. As for the base model I dont like the bright mesh. But the AMG 63 is right on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sedans that pretend their coupes, wagons jacked up in the air until they're "crossovers"... that's wrong with the auto industry? If I buy a car this size (and this weight!) I don't want my passengers bashing their heads on the too-low-too-swoopy roofline trying to get in and out. I'll take an E-class. The new steering wheel is a big improvement over the old, at least.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bugger. Shouldn't use the keyboard in anger. "Sedans pretending they're coupes..." and "*W*hat's wrong with the auto industry?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nicely sportier, younger, and sleeker -- giving a clearer differentiation from the S class now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now that looks downright amazing! It's probably the only Merc I'd buy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, why look the cars (from every manufacturer) uglier than their originals, back from the goold old days...
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