The Mercedes-Benz CLS, the car that pioneered the much-imitated four-door coupe design theme in the luxury category, received an extensive upgrade for 2015. Now, for the 2017 model year, all non-AMG models receive the Mercedes-Benz-developed 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, previously available on only the CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC.
Mercedes-Benz entered the four-door coupe segment 10 years ago with the first CLS. The design of the second-generation model is anchored by classic coupe proportions, which emphasize a long hood, frameless side windows and sweeping roofline. The CLS was also the first vehicle to offer the LED Intelligent Light System as an option.
Powerful, Efficient Biturbo Engines
The CLS400 is powered by a 3.0L V6 biturbo engine that delivers 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes-AMG CLS63 S has a handcrafted AMG 5.5L V8 biturbo engine with 577 hp and a massive 590 lb-ft of torque. The CLS400 and CLS550 are both equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, while the AMG CLS63 S uses the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission.
Hallmark Mercedes-Benz Safety
Mercedes-Benz works to ensure the highest standard of safety is available to everyone. To this end, the new-generation CLS-Class incorporates many of the new Intelligent Drive assistance systems and enhanced functions that debuted in the S- Class.
Standard ATTENTION ASSIST can warn the driver of inattentiveness and drowsiness. In addition to Adaptive Brake Assist, which offers protection from collisions from speeds as low as 4 mph, standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST also features an additional function: when a danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles.
The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to help prevent or reduce rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 25 mph. The state-of-the-art assistance systems from the S-Class and E-Class can be added as an option. These include DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, PRE- SAFE PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist.
DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist is a semi-automatic traffic jam assistant that, at speeds less than 37 mph, is able to follow the vehicle ahead even where lane markings are unclear or missing, thus providing a safe and convenient means of following traffic.
The BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist system can boost the braking force if the driver fails to apply the brakes sufficiently; the PRE-SAFE Brake technology can detect stationary vehicles as well as pedestrians and brake automatically if the driver fails to react, thus preventing accidents up to 31 mph and mitigate the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 45 mph. In flowing traffic, the PRE-SAFE Brake provides assistance according to the same mode of operation throughout the speed range from 4 to 124 mph.
PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and perpendicular spaces, aided Surround View system for easier, safer parking maneuvers.
Mercedes-Benz equips the CLS with a new generation of multimedia technologies that offer intuitive operation. Special animations and visual effects present all functions in a clear and engaging manner.
The Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Navigation systems are available in combination with the new 8-inch color display. Both enable the Internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. The prerequisite is a Bluetooth-capable mobile phone with data option. An integrated media interface connects an iPod and iPhone.
Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered automotive telematics 15 years ago, has upgraded its mbrace Connected Car Services, making the new mbrace Connect package standard for all models, including five years of complimentary service.
In addition, customers can choose from mbrace subscription upgrade packages that include mbrace Secure, mbrace Concierge and mbrace Entertain.
Voices will sound clearer thanks to new HD Voice for compatible mobile devices. And, on cars equipped with COMAND, SiriusXM Traffic & Weather will be included as standard for five years (previously three years), further enhancing the value of this option.
Two Types of Navigation
Standard on the CLS400, the Garmin MAP PILOT brings the Garmin’s user-friendly guidance and accurate map data to the vehicle’s standard controls and dashboard displays. Integrated voice control makes using it even easier. Garmin’s clear maps appear in high-resolution color on the 8-inch screen, with added instructions in the instrument cluster. The 3D views precisely depict streets and buildings, while advance lane guidance and photorealistic views of upcoming intersections provide the driver with an added measure of information.