Both models now feature a honed front section. Their upgraded interior boasts lots of new handcrafted details,
combining contemporary luxury with passionate sportiness.
They also bring ground-breaking technical innovations to the road. The futuristic MULTIBEAM LED headlamps open up new
dimensions in lighting systems. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible
illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions.
Cutting-edge technology on-board also includes the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, new, powerful engines,
intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems as well as a progressive multimedia system with internet.
The AMG variants CLS 63 AMG 4-door and Shooting Brake developing up to 430 kW (585 hp) assume pole position in the
power output stakes. The diverse new Mercedes connect me on-line services are also included on all models.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz
Cars Development: "With the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake we have built design icons which also set the pulse
racing faster in their latest incarnation courtesy of their enthralling lines. With new high-tech ingredients such as the
innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps which start a new chapter in lighting design, the nine-speed automatic transmission or
the progressive multimedia system, both models also define new cutting-edge technology."
The scintillating design of the CLS-Class with its exciting proportions has been subtly adapted to high-tech
aspirations. It steadfastly remains a compelling proposition with its long bonnet, narrow window line with frameless side
windows and dynamically downwards sloping roof. The CLS Shooting Brake offers additional load capacity with up to 1,550
litres of space for luggage or sport and leisure equipment thanks to its sporty, flat roof that extends through to the
rear and five doors.
Overall the design of the latest version of the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake comes across as even more dynamic.
This is thanks to a new, expressive diamond radiator grille, a striking front bumper with large air intakes, MULTIBEAM
LED headlamps as well as new, slightly darkened tail lights with multi-level function.
New dimensions in lighting systems
Both models now come as standard with all-LED headlamps in a new design. Alternatively both vehicle models are
available as an option with the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz. Since the
MULTIBEAM LED technology combines the very best of today's lighting technologies and can optimally adjust the light
distribution instantly and automatically to virtually any traffic situation, it always ensures thus far unrivalled broad
and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway for high performance and precision without
dazzling other car drivers.
The camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus provides the information for the illumination. If it detects
illuminated oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, it drives each of the individual 24 high-performance LEDs in a matrix
light source electronically so that individual areas of the road are specifically masked in accordance with the
particular situation. The headlamp control function combines the matrix light source with the tried-and-trusted
technology of the LED Intelligent Light System, thus increasing the precision of today's matrix light sources and setting
up a main beam gap with minimal width. This prevents other drivers from being dazzled, while drivers in the CLS 4-door
and in the CLS Shooting Brake always benefit from the best possible – in other words brightest illumination of the road
and road verges. The anti-dazzle main beam can be switched on permanently. Thus the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps open up
new dimensions in safety from which other road users can mutually benefit.
In addition to the camera on the windscreen, this new lighting system uses four control units per vehicle, which
calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED
module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages.
New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps provide exceptionally fast and precise, anti-dazzle continuous main beam and light up the
road surface and its edges much more brightly in many situations.
Best visibility on bends and roundabouts
As well as the high-performance, precision LED module, each MULTIBEAM LED headlamp also features a module for the
low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled outwards by up to twelve degrees. This provides an active light function, which
is also camera-controlled, with unprecedented characteristics. For instance, it offers a preview function which already
swivels the active light function when the driver has yet not turned the wheels. Thus it provides optimum illumination of
the bend early on. The active light function already swivels back to the straight-ahead position before the end of the
bend according to the particular situation. This allows the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting
bends. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 metres depending on the traffic
The roundabout light is also unique, which activates the cornering light function modules on the left and right before
entering a roundabout in order to provide the best visibility on all sides at an early stage. The navigation system
provides the headlamps with details of the locations of roundabouts along the route.
Friendly welcome: welcome home function
As a charming unusual function, the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps use their multifunction optical fibres not just as
daytime running lamps, turn signal lamp and turn signal lamp, but they also welcome the driver by bringing this optical
fibre to life with a friendly blue light when the vehicle is opened.
Sporty interior with contemporary luxury
Ample space, unadorned, sporty elegance, perfect craftsmanship and high-quality materials exert the stylistic
influence on the interior of the CLS family. The new generation reinforces this impression by emphasising sportiness,
exclusivity and functionality even more.
The new free-standing colour display in the head unit with its 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8 inch) adds to the
state-of-the-art feel and will help define the dashboard's contemporary looks. Other new features include a redesigned
three-spoke sports steering wheel and a host of exquisite details which underscore the interior's high quality both in
visual and tactile terms. The central control panel in the centre console has four instead of the previous two buttons,
thus requiring fewer operating steps in many cases. Five attractive interior colours, six trim finishes as well as grades
of leather ranging from leather to Exclusive PASSION leather will be available in future and offer a host of potential
Fulfilling personal preferences
The new AMG Line Plus supplements the previously available design and equipment lines Exterior Sports package and AMG
Line, thus extending individualisation options to include a very sportily oriented version which expressively emphasises
dynamism and exclusivity. A special Night package is scheduled to give buyers further choice at the end of the year. New
designo interior packages are also available.
Efficient, sporty engines
Thrilling dynamism and exemplary efficiency – those are the strengths of the five engines available in the new
generation of the CLS-Class. All fulfil the Euro 6 emission standard. A new addition in this class is the CLS 220 BlueTEC
with four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common rail direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and
BlueTEC technology. It produces 125 kW (170 hp) and offers maximum torque of 400 Nm. Then there's 150 kW (204 hp) and
torque of 500 Nm on tap from the four-cylinder diesel unit in the CLS 250 BlueTEC. The V6 diesel unit in the CLS 350
BlueTEC exceeds these figures with 190 kW (258 hp) and torque of 620 Nm.
Equally new is the V6 petrol engine with turbocharging in the CLS 400 with a 3.5 litre displacement and biturbo drive.
Thanks to its output potential and its phenomenal torque at low engine speeds it sets new standards in its segment.
Compared to its predecessor with a naturally aspirated engine it produces 20 kW more with 245 kW (333 hp). Its torque
increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm and is available in the wide engine speed range of 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. The CLS 500 with 300
kW (408 hp) and up to 600 Nm of torque leads the field in the power output ratings.
Four instead of the previous two models will be available in future with permanent all-wheel drive. Newcomers include
the CLS 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC and the CLS 400 4MATIC.
Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine
With 410 kW (557 hp) to 430 kW (585 hp) and 720 to 800 newton metres – the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among
the world's most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel
consumption. The CLS 63 AMG with 410 kW (557 hp) and rear-wheel drive consumes 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC
combined) (231 grammes CO2 per kilometre). The variant with 410 kW and performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC
all-wheel drive and the S-Model with 430 kW (585 hp) and all-wheel drive come in only slightly above at 10.4 to 10.6
litres per 100 km (243 grammes to 248 grammes CO2/km). All CLS 63 AMG models already meet the second stage
of the EU6 emissions standard.
New automatic transmission with nine gears
Cutting-edge technology also comes in the shape of 9G-TRONIC, the world's first 9-speed automatic transmission with
hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment, which is used in the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350
BlueTEC and CLS 500. This innovation builds on the strengths of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which hitherto has set the benchmark
in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears the 9G-TRONIC manages to reduce fuel consumption,
while further enhancing shift comfort and agility.
High level of safety
To make top-class safety available for everyone, the CLS-Class will in future be fitted with a host of new assistance
systems along with existing systems with upgraded functionality. Standard-fit features include the COLLISION PREVENTION
ASSIST PLUS, which can help prevent rear-end collisions – if necessary through autonomous braking.
The state-of-the-art assistance systems from the S-Class can also be fitted as an option. These include DISTRONIC PLUS
with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with
pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign
Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC including lateral parking manoeuvres and a 360° camera.
A completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the CLS Coupé and in the CLS Shooting Brake,
including elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive
The Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online infotainment systems are available in combination with the new,
free-standing display in the head unit with its 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8 inch). 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. Equally new is a now standard and an integrated Media Interface to connect an iPod® and
In conjunction with COMAND Online, Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with
StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and more can be used while on the move. Audio and video playback is
possible from various sources, e.g. via Bluetooth®, from the Apple iPod® and
iPhone®, from SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
COMAND Online also provides the LINGUATRONIC voice control system; digital TV/radio reception is also available as an
In the version with pre-installation the basic Audio 20 CD system can be supplemented with the user-friendly
Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its strengths include 3D views with exact representation of streets
and buildings and photo-realistic junction and lane assistants. The navigation software and the map data are stored on an
SD card, which is simply inserted in the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD with preparation for the
Garmin® MAP PILOT.
COMAND Online with fast 3D hard-disc navigation, topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map
rotations as well as display of NASA satellite images provides a decidedly sensuous experience. System features include
an animated compass and display of Google Maps on the head unit. The navigation system can also provide real-time
information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data in COMAND Online via the internet by means
of the Live Traffic Information service.
Telephony via Bluetooth® with HD Voice capability as standard
The basic Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online both support HD Voice-capable basic telephony, which connects the
mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface. HD Voice provides much better voice
quality. In conjunction with convenience telephony the high-speed LTE network can also be used in future if a compatible
smartphone with a relevant contract is used.
Mercedes connect me – new on-line connection to the car
With the new-generation CLS-Class a new package of services is also being launched in Europe under the name "Mercedes
connect me". Mercedes-Benz emergency call, accident, maintenance and breakdown management are available via a
standard-fit KOM module with its own SIM card fitted in the vehicle. Customers can also connect to their vehicle via the
internet anytime, anywhere via "connect.mercedes.me" and, for example, check the fuel
Both bodystyle versions of the new CLS-Class will be coming to Australia in early 2015. Stay tuned to Next Car
for further particulars including the release date, local specifications and pricing in due course.