The new Mercedes-Benz CLS

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The new Mercedes-Benz CLS

Debuting at the Paris Motor Show, the second generation Mercedes-Benz CLS maintain the trademark proportions of its predecessor and introduces a front end inspired by the SLS AMG, a new side character line and full LED headlamps.

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Mercedes-Benz has released the first images and details of the new CLS, the second generation of the iconic four-door sedan.

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The first generation model was first presented in 2003 and created the "four-door coupé" market segment. Since its launch, the CLS has been sold in about 170,000 units worldwide.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Design Sketch Mercedes-Benz CLS Design Sketch

"The new CLS points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom of Mercedes-Benz", explains Professor Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it takes its inspiration from the great tradition of stylish, refined sportiness which has always been a feature of Mercedes coupés."

Exterior Design

The main proportions of the new CLS are the same as its predecessor: long hood, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, dynamic roof sweeping back at an angle towards the rear.

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Mercedes-Benz CLSWhat immediately strikes the eye is the new front end, which is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Visually, the radiator grille is not
integrated into the hood but is formed separately. This further highlights the long hood.

The grille is dominated by the large central star, which underlines the car’s relationship to the other coupés of the brand and also enhances brand identity.

The large, elongated dark air inlets with black grilles also add to the vehicle’s athletic appearance.

Another distinguishing feature comes in the form of the full LED headlamps. Inside they are divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom: the upper layer contains an LED indicator, beneath which is a striking LED side light offering
low beam functions.

 

The side light can also be seen when the dipped beam
function is switched on, thereby creating a novel and separate night-time design and distinctive look. The lowest level of the headlamp houses the main beam
and nightview functions.

A total of 71 LEDs not only provide an unmistakable
appearance, but also a significantly enhanced view of the road compared with previous systems.

Mercedes-Benz CLSThe typical CLS outline is the dominating
attribute of the new model. The effect of the dynamic, athletic form has been
enhanced with a new interplay of lines and areas.

The front edge of the structure, above the mudguards, which slopes off towards the rear – known as the dropping line by designers – is a new
interpretation of a formal design element harking back to the uniquely rich wealth of forms present in historic Mercedes sports cars.

A distinctive and muscular sports car-like shoulder line above the rear axle
highlights the athletic character of the new CLS.

Mercedes-Benz CLSThe flared wheel arches
resemble the powerful thighs of a feline predator waiting to pounce.

The side view is rounded off with wide wrap-around tail lights featuring LED technology which are arranged in the form of a linking element to the rear of
the vehicle.

The shape is emphasized by the broad shoulder line, which is clearly visible from behind and supports the flat hardtop

. A wide metal insert adds a further visual highlight at the rear.

Interior Design

Mercedes-Benz CLS Interior Design SketchThe interior design is characterized by the wrap-around effect of the cockpit: a high line sweeps from the driver’s door over the instrument panel support and across to the front passenger door.

The central display has been integrated
into the upper part of the instrument panel.

At the same time, the downward sweeping side line on the doors continues the dynamic dropping line of the
exterior.

The wide
range of individualisation options includes five interior colours, five trim designs and three qualities of leather are available to choose from.

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Customers can also choose among three types of wood: high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash and satin-finish light-brown poplar.

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The wood trim – located on the instrument panel support of the centre console and on parts of the door linings – has been matched according to grain, as part of an elaborate selection process, to create a harmonised overall impression.

Among the other details are the metal surfaces – which use a mixture of satin and high-gloss finishes – and the matt galvanised air vents which form the framework for a high-gloss-trimmed analogue clock.

The interior can be given a more progressive look with the addition of piano lacquer or carbon fibre trim elements.

The engines

The new CLS will be availabe with a range of 5 engines. The gasoline versions will include the CLS 350 (306 hp and 370 Nm) and the CLS 500, powered by the 4.7liter V8 biturbo unit (435 hp and 700 Nm).

The diesel versions will include the CLS 250 TDI (240 hp and 500 Nm), the CLS 300 CDI (306 hp and 370 Nm) and the 350 CDI, powered by the 3.0 liter V6 unit with 265 hp and 620 Nm.

Design Process – Image Gallery

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(Source: Mercedes-Benz)

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