The new Mercedes-Benz CLS


Der neue Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

The New Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC


Continuing the great success in previous generations of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz is now building on the aura and unique character of the brand’s most trendsetting model. The new CLS pioneers the new design idiom of Mercedes-Benz, which is recognisable by its clear contours and reduced lines. Its character is marked by a contoured grill that widens towards the base and a forward-slanting front section. The CLS’ overall design reflects the timeless aura made famous by the first CLS, which founded a new segment and quickly became a design icon. Like its predecessors, the new CLS exudes self-assured sportiness in exemplary style: a highly emotive vehicle offering impressive comfort coupled with thrilling, unrivalled technology.


In 2003, the Mercedes-Benz CLS created a new vehicle segment that for the first time, combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. With the third generation of the CLS, it builds more strongly than ever on the aura and unique character of this trendsetting model. The new model has pure CLS genes seen in its arching waistline, flat side window lines and low greenhouse. At the same time it is another example of the logical evolution of the Sensual Purity design idiom: sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced. It blends seamlessly into the current Mercedes-Benz coupé family with numerous design features. Its Cd figure of 0.26 is proof of outstanding aerodynamics.

The range of engines for the CLS is completely new. The two models available at launch are:

  • CLS 350 (220 kW/299 hp, 400 Nm; combined fuel consumption 7.7 l/100km, combined CO2 emissions 173 g/km)
  • CLS 450 4MATIC (270 + 16 kW/367 hp + 22 hp; combined fuel consumption 8.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 185 g/km)

The sleek and sporty CLS also redefines the meaning of comfort.  The AIR BODY CONTROL suspension,  ENERGIZING comfort controls and the latest generation in infotainment systems. This is made even greater with smartphone connectivity via Mercedes-Benz Link and wireless charging capabilities, making the CLS as technological as it is beautiful. The touchpad in the centre console gives haptic and acoustic feedback when operating the numerous convenience functions and settings.

The standard appointments of the CLS are likewise extensive: The highlights include LED High Performance headlamps, 18-inch light-alloy  wheels with mixed tyres, Lane Keeping Assist, a 12.3 inch media display and ambience lighting including illuminated air vents.


Exterior: Self-assured sportiness in the style of Mercedes-Benz coupés

“The new CLS is a design icon as the archetype of the four-door coupé. In line with our design philosophy of sensual purity, we have reduced its DNA in an extremely puristic way and at the same time emotionally charged it with elegant beauty”, says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG.


Striking front-end features include the diamond grille typical of Mercedes-Benz coupés, with a single louvre. The silhouette of the radiator grille widens towards the base, adopting the contours of the grille on the Mercedes-AMG  GT. The bonnet is completely surrounded by body surfaces. The very flat and wide headlamps with inward-slanting flanks dynamically follow the contour of the grille.


The side design is characterised by the high, arching waistline and the sporty, low greenhouse with frameless side windows. The forward-slanting front end is reminiscent of a shark’s nose, and appears longer thanks to the fully inset bonnet.

Der neue Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC

The New Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4MATIC


Also typical of the CLS is the muscular rear shoulder line which blends smoothly into the flat rear end. Characteristic Mercedes coupé features include the two- section tail lights, reflectors positioned in the rear bumper, location of the registration plate in the bumper and the Mercedes star on the boot lid. Depending on specification, this houses an extendable reversing 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.


Interior Consistent colour scheme, Widescreen cockpit

The luxurious interior of the CLS Coupé impresses with its clear basic lines, and echoes the sensual, flowing contours of the exterior. The high-grade choice of materials shows a very high level of finish.

The sporty, width-accentuated cockpit and colour combination creates an impression of particularly generous spaciousness. For a flowing overall impression, the wave-like course of the interior design extends from the front to the rear doors, opening up at the B-pillars.

As a new highlight of the ambience lighting, the illuminated air vents are reminiscent of jet aircraft turbines. The sporty impression is also reinforced by the hand-finished appearance of the seats. On request a high-resolution Widescreen cockpit is available, with two 12.3-inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. The centre console with open-pored or high- gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.

In the fully digital cockpit, the driver is able to feely configure the information content according to need and the driving situation. Three different styles can be selected depending on preference, mood or to suit the interior appointments.

The Classic and Sport styles have a basic structure with two tubes, while the Progressive style has one central, tubular instrument.

The ambience lighting with 64 colours, ten colour themes and two effects emphasises the modern, lounge-like atmosphere. The temperature settings are visualised with the help of the illuminated air vents.

The seats were designed exclusively for this model series. Depending on the interior, they feature high-quality piping or transverse seams. The outer seats in the rear have the same appearance as the front seats, creating a sporty single- seat impression, although the CLS Coupé is in fact a five-seater for the first time. When required the backrests optionally can be folded down in a 40:20:40 ratio, expanding the 520-litre luggage compartment.


Wellness on long-distance journeys: ENERGIZING comfort control

ENERGIZING comfort control (optional) links various comfort systems in the vehicle. It systematically uses the functions of the climate control system (including fragrancing) and the seats (heater, ventilation, massage), the surface and steering wheel heating as well as lighting and musical atmospheres, and allows a specific wellness set-up according to customer needs. This has positive effects on wellbeing and driver performance.


These six programmes can be selected:

  • Freshness
  • Warmth
  • Vitality
  • Joy
  • Comfort

Training (three training modes – muscle relaxation, muscle activation and balance – each with several exercises).

Intelligent Drive: Technology from the S-Class

The new CLS generation takes its lead from the new S-Class in many respects: The CLS 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, 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).

The optional Driving Assistance Package consists of Active Distance Control DISTRONIC, Active Steering  Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS. Active Distance Control  DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now provide even more comfortable support for the driver to keep a safe distance and steer. In addition, the Driving Assistance Plus package includes PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side. This system can brace the front occupants for a side impact by nudging them sideways to reduce the risk of injury. Thanks to improved camera and radar systems, the new CLS also has an even better view of the surrounding traffic.

The “Assistance Graphics” menu of the instrument cluster shows the driver at a glance which assistance functions have been selected, and to what situations the systems are currently responding. Unmistakable icons provide the driver with information on-screen as well as partly in the head-up display. All functions are now controlled from the steering wheel.

The ULTRA RANGE high beam of the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps produces the maximum light intensity permitted by law, which results in the brightness of the main beam headlamps remaining above the reference value of 1 lux over a distance of more than 650 metres.

Suspension: There is a choice of three variants.

The new CLS has a four-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. A dynamically set-up steel comfort suspension is standard equipment. The optionally available DYNAMIC BODY CONTROL suspension  has a sporty basic setup and includes continuously adjustable damping at the front and rear axle. The selectable driving modes are Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Also available on request is the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension  with an improved, adjustable and adaptive damping system. The driver is able to choose vehicle characteristics from comfortable to sporty using the driving mode switch.


New range of engines: With EQ Boost and 48 volt on-board electrical system

The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLS is powered by completely new engine, initially in-line six-cylinder petrol units. Also characteristic of the four- door coupé is the extensive range of 4MATIC models.

The most powerful engine is the six-cylinder petrol unit. The new, systematically electrified in-line six-cylinder with EQ Boost (integrated starter/generator) and a 48 V on-board electrical  system powers the CLS 450 4MATIC. Its performance data: 270 kW/367 hp and 500 Nm plus a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available via EQ Boost over short periods. The integrated electric motor  known as EQ Boost assists the combustion engine e.g. when accelerating, makes driving without the combustion engine possible (“gliding”) and supplies the battery with power by means of high-efficiency recuperation. By doing so, it makes fuel savings possible that were previously the exclusive domain of high-voltage hybrid technology. All in all, the new in-line six-cylinder engine delivers the performance of an eight-cylinder engine with significantly lower consumption. The CLS 450 4MATIC is equipped with a particulate filter as standard.


Performance and efficiency: Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+

The new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ (combined fuel consumption 8.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 200 g/km1) combines sporty design with powerful performance and high efficiency. Its centrepiece is a new, electrified 3.0-litre engine featuring twin-turbocharging and an electric auxiliary compressor. The 6-cylinder in-line engine generates 320 kW (435 hp) and delivers maximum torque of 520 Nm. Its EQ Boost starter-alternator temporarily provides an additional 16 kW (22 hp) of output plus 250 Nm of torque, and also feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system.  Other technical highlights include the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+.


The new CLS models:


  CLS 350 CLS 450




Number of cylinders/


4/in-line 6/in-line 6/in-line
Displacement (cc) 1991 2999 2999
Rated output (kW/hp) 220/299 270/367 320/435
Extra output from EQ Boost (kW/hp) 10/14 16/22 16/22
Rated torque (Nm) 400 500 520
Combined fuel consumption

(l/100 km)

7.7 8.1 8.9-8.71
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 173 185 203-2001
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 6.0 4.8 4.5



1 NEDC combined acc. to Euro 6d-TEMP. The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are “WLTP CO2 figures acc. to the Art. 2 No. 3

Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. 2Available by end of 2018



Edition 1: Particularly exclusive launch model

The exclusivity of the CLS can be heightened even further with the Edition 1, which will be available for around one year after the global launch. This special model has numerous luxurious features as standard which are only available for the Edition 1. These include  e.g. the COPPER ART interior concept with seats in black pearl nappa leather with centre sections in a diamond design and copper- coloured accents, copper-coloured contrasting topstitching on the centre console, seats, armrests, dashboard and door panels, and a unique diamond grille with matt chrome pins and chrome inserts with a copper-coloured shimmer. The Edition 1 is available with all engine variants.

The exterior is based on the AMG line. Special features include MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as standard and 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen rim flange. The special model is also recognisable by the “Edition 1” lettering on the front wings.


Highlights of the interior, also based on the AMG line, additionally include:

  • dashboard support lined in black nappa leather
  • centre console and dashboard support trim in black open-pored ash wood
  • IWC analogue clock with exclusive dial face
  • Vehicle key in high-gloss black with high-sheen chrome surround
  • Ambient lighting in 64 colours incl. illuminated ventilation nozzles
  • Mirror package
  • Memory package
  • Rear seat backrest foldable in a 40:20:40 ratio
  • Floor mats with “Edition 1” badge and copper-coloured piping
  • Chrome “Edition 1” lettering on the centre console and “Edition 1” display on the welcome screen.


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