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13th February, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has comprehensively revised both the four-door CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake.

These two stylish designs now have a more incisive front section. As the interior has been enhanced even further, there are many new, perfectly presented details waiting to be discovered that combine modern luxury and a hand-crafted feel with a passion for sport.

Technical innovations bring exemplary functionality on the road. Futuristic MULTIBEAM LED headlamps take the lighting system into a new dimension. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions.

Other leading-edge technologies include the nine-speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC in the CLS 500, a powerful new engine, intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems. In terms of performance, the AMG versions – the CLS 63 AMG S Coupé come with an output of up to 430 kW.

When Mercedes-Benz launched the CLS over ten years ago it re-established the long forgotten four-door coupé segment, thus underlining the brand's leadership role in automotive design. This is a vehicle combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. What is more, the CLS was the first vehicle to be available with dynamic LED High Performance headlamps. In 2012 Mercedes-Benz continued the CLS story by introducing the CLS Shooting Brake. This sporty five-door vehicle once again demonstrated the premium brand's design credentials. Given the sports car's exceptional form with five seats and a large tailgate, the CLS Shooting Brake is ideal for active people who like to travel in style but don't follow the mainstream or want to miss out on either sportiness or load space. As such, the Shooting Brake is a further highlight in the long line of innovative luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.

Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development said "We've produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With new, high-tech additions such as innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps (which start a new chapter in lighting design), nine-speed automatic transmission and advanced multimedia system, both models also define a new technological leadership position."

The CLS-Class's exciting design and thrilling proportions were subtly adapted to these high-tech demands. As before, it has a long bonnet, a slim window line with frameless side windows and a roof with a dynamic rearward slope. With the unique, low roof flowing back to its rear end, the five-door CLS Shooting Brake provides up to 1,550 litres of load space for luggage or sports and leisure equipment with one or two occupants on board. All in all, the designs of the latest version CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake are more dynamic than ever. How so? Examples include an expressive new diamond radiator grille, a pronounced front bumper with large air intakes, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and new, darkened rear tail lights with multi-level functionality.

Ample space; simple, sporty elegance; hand-crafted perfection, and premium materials are hallmarks of the CLS range's stylish interior. The new model ramps up this impression by placing greater emphasis on sportiness, exclusivity and functionality. A new, free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 21.3 cm screen diagonal will help to define the dashboard's contemporary styling. Also new are the redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and many refined details, which contribute to the interior's high quality look and feel.

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New automatic transmission with nine gears

The 9G-TRONIC unit is first deployed into our market in the CLS 500. This innovation builds on the strengths of 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which continues to set standards in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears 9G-TRONIC lowers fuel consumption whilst simultaneously boosting ease of shifting and agility.

Efficient, sporty engines

Thrilling dynamism and exemplary efficiency are the strong points of the four engines available for the new CLS-Class. First up is the four-cylinder diesel engine in the CLS 250 BlueTEC with 150 kW and torque of 500 Nm available on demand.

New to the CLS range is the V6 petrol engine of the CLS 400. Endowed with a biturbo drive system, it has a 3-litre displacement. Thanks to its high output potential and extremely high torque at low engine speeds, this engine sets new benchmarks in its segment. Compared to its predecessor, which had a naturally aspirated engine, output is 20 kW more at 245 kW. Its torque increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm and is available in the wide engine speed range from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. The CLS 500 hits its power peak at 300 kW and up to 600 Nm of torque.

Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine

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 S with 430 kW and rear-wheel drive has a fuel consumption rating of 10.0 litres per 100 kilometres (combined cycle).


In the new CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz takes the lighting system into a new dimension. The unique, new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps combine the best lighting technologies. They are exceptionally bright and automatically illuminate the road surface with a previously unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of light – without dazzling others. Also unique are the anticipatory, camera-based active light function and the cornering light function with added, navigation-assisted functionality for roundabouts.

The CLS was the first road car in the world with dynamic LED High Performance headlamps including all the functionality of the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Light System – initially as an optional extra. In future the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake will be equipped with advanced LED High Performance light systems as standard.

As a new item of standard equipment, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are available with the Intelligent Light System. On the new model of the two designs this sees Mercedes-Benz starting a new chapter in lighting design. New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps come with a number of outstanding, innovative lighting features to extend the Intelligent Light System's previous functionality (adaptive Highbeam Assist, country mode, motorway mode, fog lamps, active light function, LED daytime running lamps):

  • Anti-dazzle, high-performance main beams, which react faster and more precisely
  • Anticipatory, camera-based active light function
  • Navigation-assisted light function for roundabouts

MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are all-LED and combine the merits of advanced lighting technologies to form uncompromising MULTIBEAM LED technology. They are able to adjust the light distribution more precisely and faster than ever before to virtually any road or traffic situation, ensuring broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway without dazzling other car drivers. They therefore offer a new level of safety which benefits other road users too.

See far, never dazzle

The crucial element is the new anti-dazzle main beam. The purposefully further advanced camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus system from the S-, E- and C-Class creates the necessary prerequisites. Using the camera positioned behind the front windscreen it detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front, and mechanically masks them out in the light cone of the main beam so that the drivers are not dazzled. Consequently, the main-beam headlamps can be left on at all times, to use their full range without irritating or even endangering other road users.

The new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps also offer this partial main-beam control to illuminate the road surface according to the situation, but go further in an important step. They use a very fast responding and high performing precision LED module as a matrix light source, which features 24 individual, high-performance LED chips. Each of these LED chips can be actuated electronically and independently of the others. "Gridding" the light in this way allows the light distribution from the right and left headlamps to be controlled entirely separately and adapted to the traffic conditions with a high level of dynamism. This enables the individual areas of the road surface to be illuminated in a very specific manner. Combining the matrix light source with proven mechanical LED Intelligent Light System technology means the headlamp control technology not only improves on the precision of today's light sources and sets a gap with a minimal width for the main beam, but it also generates a new dimension in light output in partial high-beam operation. Compared with the systems on the market today, the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps have up to 2.5 times the partial high-beam light output. This increase is made possible by the sophisticated control electronics in conjunction with the new matrix light source of the precision LED module.

Because the precision module in the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps adjusts the light distribution extremely quickly to the situation in a very accurate way, other vehicles are reliably masked out of the light cone – even truck drivers positioned high above the road – whilst the driver of the CLS Coupé or CLS Shooting Brake continues to benefit from the best possible, i.e. brightest, illumination of the road and carriageway edges.

A camera on the windscreen supplies the system with the information it needs about the constantly changing traffic situation and is also used by other assistance functions. Four control units per vehicle calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and activate all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED module individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages.

The additional light output of the technology in the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is not only used to increase the performance in partial high-beam operation, but also for main-beam operation. Even though the latter is activated significantly less due to traffic density, the range of the main beams was increased by about 20% to about 485 m.

Despite tremendous capacity, the precision main-beam module here just about fits into the palm of your hand. Each of the 24 high-performance LED chips is no bigger than the cross-section of a grain of rice. These 24 high-performance LEDs perform all the functions of the main beam, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and preventative motorway mode, which even minimises glare for oncoming trucks thanks to the optimised light pattern.

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Active light function illuminates bends early on

In addition to the high-performance, precision LED module, each MULTIBEAM LED headlamp houses another module for the low-beam headlamp. This has four LEDs and three low-beam reflectors with a total of eight LEDs to provide a nice layer of light in front of the car. The low-beam module also acts as a bright, long-range light in motorway mode and as an enhanced fog light with optimised light distribution.

This low-beam lamp module can be swivelled up to 12 degrees to the outside. It therefore also serves as an active light function. For example, a camera-based, anticipatory function means that the active light function starts to swivel before the driver has even turned. The bend is therefore illuminated effectively as soon as possible. This active light function will also swivel back to the straight-on position before the corner ends, allowing the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting bends. To ascertain whether the vehicle is approaching a bend, this anticipatory active light function uses the same camera as Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and other assistance systems. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 m, depending on the driving situation.

No dark zone on roundabouts

By contrast, the new and to date unique light function for roundabouts is navigation-based. It activates the cornering light function to the left and right before entering the roundabout to ensure maximum visibility at an early stage.

A friendly greeting: "welcome home" function

One other feature of the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is that, in addition to providing daytime running lamps, side lights and turn signal lamps via multifunctional fibre-optic cable (which like an eyebrow adds a flourish to the top of the headlamps in signature Mercedes style), they also have an exciting "welcome home" function. When unlocked, the vehicle greets the driver by casting a pleasant blue light from this fibre-optic cable.

Advantage: LED

The LED technology used for MULTIBEAM LED as well as standard LED High Performance headlamps offers many advantages: the light from the bright LED headlamps is closer to daylight and therefore in line with normal human perception patterns. Studies have shown that the closer the colour of artificial light is to daylight, the less the strain on the eyes. With a colour temperature of 5500 kelvin, LED light is closer to daylight (6500 K) than xenon light (4200 K).

The powerful single-chip LED diodes of the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and their high lumen/watt output also contribute to increased efficiency on the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake and, with an average useful life of about 10,000 hours, also last around five times longer than a xenon lamp.

CLS 63 AMG S Coupé

More attractive, more dynamic and even sportier

  • The four-door CLS 63 AMG S Coupé is now even sportier and more attractive. The equipment for the CLS 63 AMG S, which produces up to 430 kW, is now more exclusive and boasts higher quality thanks to the facelift. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now responds even faster.
  • Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH said "The CLS 63 AMG in its Coupé is now even more dynamic, and the new design makes it more striking. With a power output of up to 430 kW, the CLS 63 AMG S takes pole position in the driving dynamics stakes."
  • Twin blade and A-Wing are the names of the striking, hallmark AMG design features on the front section, which now also make the CLS 63 AMG instantly recognisable. The "Twin blade" radiator grille in silver chrome comes with characteristic AMG lettering between the louvres. This three-dimensional "A-Wing" air-ducting element spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylised "A" that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles.
  • The "A-Wing" painted in the body colour with silver chrome trim strip provides the framework for the three large intake air apertures – rekindling memories of motor sport. Black flics on the side air intakes optimise the flow of air to the cooling modules.
  • In combination with the new, futuristic, standard-fit MULTIBEAM LED headlamps, the front section of the CLS 63 AMG S symbolises pure dynamism and performance. The powerful AMG V8 flagship models are also now more visually differentiated from the other CLS models. Viewed from the side, the distinctive, flared wings catch the eye; V8 BITURBO lettering bears testimony to the superior engine output.
  • The rear section also leaves its lasting mark: side, visual air outlets and the black diffuser insert with pronounced fins lend the CLS 63 AMG S a powerful racetrack touch.
  • The AMG Sport exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipe trims provides an acoustic and visual highlight. AMG alloy wheels fill the wheel arches to perfection. Size 255/35 R 19 tyres on 9.0 x 19 wheels are fitted to the front, while the rear comes with 285/30 R 19 tyres on 10 x 19 wheels.
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission responds even faster
  • The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is the ideal partner for the powerful V8 biturbo engine. Equipped with the four drive modes "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the ECO start/stop function and RACE START, the power transmission offers the ultimate in variability and tailor-made dynamism.
  • The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission now offers even faster response times: a manual up- or downshift – initiated by the driver on the steering-wheel gearshift paddle – is completed even more immediately than ever before. Particularly in the "S+" and "M" shift modes the power transmission now responds much faster. The tangible driving dynamics are thus enhanced further. This increased immediacy was made possible by optimising the transmission hardware and software. The aluminium shift paddles on the new AMG performance steering wheel can transfer the driver's manual gearshift instructions even faster than before.
  • Suspension and braking system for high agility and dynamism
  • The standard AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping system, steel suspension at the front and air spring system at the rear. Hallmark AMG features including more negative camber on both axles and track widened by 24 millimetres at the front provide more stability at high cornering speeds and better road feel. The CLS 63 AMG S is fitted with an optimised 3-link front suspension including axle components made of aluminium. The driver benefits from more grip and agility as well as decidedly neutral handling characteristics on fast bends. The markedly more performance-oriented elastokinematics are exclusive to the S-Model, and offer the driver even better feedback and grip at the critical limits.
  • The AMG high-performance braking system is perfectly matched to the high power output. The CLS 63 AMG S comes with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs with their generous 360-millimetre dimensions front and rear. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system is exclusively available for the S-Model as an optional feature – recognisable by the even larger 402-millimetre brake discs at the front and the AMG Carbon Ceramic logo on callipers sporting a special paint finish.

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Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive

Assistance systems for safety and comfort

Making top-class safety available to everyone is the declared aim of Mercedes-Benz. That is why the CLS-Class will be equipped with many new and feature-enhanced assistance systems in future.

The basis for the numerous functions of the assistance systems is an extensive sensor system, which can provide the vehicle with a 360-degree view. A Stereo Multi Purpose Camera (SMPC) is standard and mounted behind the windscreen near the interior mirror. Two camera eyes provide it with a three-dimensional view of the area up to around 50 metres in front of the vehicle, and it is able to monitor the overall situation ahead for a range of up to 500 metres and thus determine the position and movement of objects, especially of vehicles and pedestrians.

Two short-range radar sensors in the front bumper and at the side of the rear bumper respectively (range up to 30 metres), long-range radar (up to 200 metres) including mid-range scan (up to 60 metres) behind the radiator grille and multi-mode radar (up to 80 metres) in the centre of the rear bumper may complete the sensor system.

The data from the camera and radar is compiled in a control unit in order to provide relevant data for a host of assistance systems – a process dubbed "sensor fusion" by safety experts. Intelligent algorithms analyse this data in order to detect and pinpoint the position of vehicles ahead, crossing, approaching from the rear and even from the front, as well as of pedestrians, within a large field of vision. The aim is all-round protection not just for occupants of the vehicle itself, but for other road users too.

Standard features of the Driver Assistance package Plus. This encompasses the following assistance systems:

  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot – relieves the burden on the driver in keeping a safe following distance, even in stop and go traffic. Steering Assist is new and helps the driver with lateral control of the vehicle, even in gentle bends, and offers a tailback vehicle following function.
  • BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist – boosts driver braking depending on the situation, if necessary up to full brake application and, for the first time, can also react to crossing traffic and pedestrians.
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection – provides autonomous braking in the absence of a driver reaction. In typical urban driving scenarios, it can now prevent collisions with pedestrians or stationary vehicles or reduce their severity.
  • PRE-SAFE® PLUS – detects an impending rear impact, warns the traffic following behind by means of high-frequency flashing of the rear hazard warning lamps, locks the brakes if the vehicle is stationary to reduce forward jolt and thus reduces the strain placed on the occupants and the risk of secondary accidents. PRE-SAFE® is activated immediately prior to the impact.
  • Active Blind Spot Assist – issues a visual and, if the indicator is activated, an audible warning of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot area, and can prevent a potential side-on collision by actuating the brakes on one side at the last moment.
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist – warns of unintentional lane departures by means of pulsed vibrations of the steering wheel and in the presence of solid lane markings corrects the vehicle's alignment position with one-sided brake application. It now also intervenes with one-sided brake application if the adjacent lane is occupied by, for example, oncoming traffic, fast overtaking or overtaken vehicles.

Also standard across the CLS-Class range:

  • MULTIBEAM LED headlamps with high-performance, precision LED modules adapt to a wide array of road and traffic conditions and adjust the light distribution precisely and highly dynamically for optimum visibility. There is an integral "coming home" function.
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus allows the high-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams' cone of light.
  • Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC – makes automated parking with active steering and brake actuation possible in both parallel and end-on spaces. Can also help when leaving a parallel parking space if the vehicle was parked using the system.
  • 360° camera (part of the optional Parking package) – makes parking and manoeuvring possible with a 360-degree view. The vehicle and its surroundings can be displayed on the multimedia system display from a bird's eye-like view and other perspectives.

New standard equipment for the 2015 CLS range:

CLS 250 CDI Coupé
• 360° camera
• Illuminated front door sill panels with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering

The CLS 400 Coupé arrives with a host of standard features:
• AIRMATIC electrically controlled damping system
• Heated front seats
• Multi-contour seat package
• Multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather/wood
• PASSION nappa leather
• Illuminated front door sill panels with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering

CLS 500 Coupé includes as standard:
• 360° camera
• Active multi-contour seat package
• Climatised front seats
• Electric sunblind for rear window
• Exclusive package featuring EXCLUSIVE PASSION leather
• Illuminated front door sill panels with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering
• Television tuner

CLS 63 AMG S Coupé includes as standard:
• 360° camera
• AMG Driver’s package (300km/h speed limit)
• EASY-PACK quickfold rear seats
• Privacy glass

CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake includes as standard:
• 360° camera
• Luggage compartment floor, American cherry-wood with black inlays
• EASY-PACK load securing kit
• Illuminated front door sill panels with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering
• Privacy glass

CLS 500 Shooting Brake includes as standard:
• Luggage compartment floor, American cherry-wood with black inlays
• EASY-PACK load compartment cover (removable)
• EASY-PACK load securing kit
• Privacy glass

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class range is now on sale. The manufacturer’s recommended list price* is as follows:

CLS Coupé:
CLS 250 CDI: $114,900*
CLS 400: $139,900*
CLS 500: $169,000*
CLS 63 AMG ‘S’: $249,000*

CLS Shooting Brake:
CLS 250 CDI: $124,900*
CLS 500: $179,900*


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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