Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz had revealed the teaser images and the first details about the 2015 CLS and CLS Shooting Brake. Today, Mercedes officially unveiled the revised four-door CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake.
Both new models now feature a honed front section. One update that has been doing the rounds much before the official launch was the MULTIBEAM LED headlamp. The MULTIBEAM LED headlamp feature 36 LED bulbs per headlamp, 24 of which move independently distributing light according to the road conditions. Windshield comes equipped with two stereo cameras which provides inputs to an electronic control module that actuates the bulbs. The 24 individually-controlled LEDs are adjusted a 100 times per second using a camera and four control units for optimum illumination without disturbing the oncoming traffic.
MULTIBEAM LED headlamp also features a module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled outwards by up to twelve degrees. It offers a preview function which already swivels the active light function even before the driver turns the wheels. Thus it provides optimum illumination of the bend early on. However, this feature does not come as standard and customers have to shell out more money to upgrade to the MULTIBEAM LED headlamp.
What also caught attention was the newly developed 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission which provides better performance with improved fuel efficiency. This new transmission used in the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350 BlueTEC and CLS 500. The AMG variants of the CLS 63 AMG Coupé and Shooting Brake develop up to 576 bhp.
On the occasion of the official announcement, Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development said, “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 and or the progressive multimedia system, both models also define new cutting-edge technology.”
On the inside, the CLS gets a new, free-standing colour display in the head unit with its 20.3 cm screen. Other new features include a redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel. 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 along with host of potential personalisation options.
The 2015 CLS would come with five engine option, all of which would fulfil Euro 6 standard. A new addition to the engine lineup is the CLS 220 BlueTEC which is four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common rail direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and BlueTEC technology capable of producing 170 hp and offers maximum torque of 400 Nm. The four-cylinder diesel unit in the CLS 250 BlueTEC offers 201 bhp and torque of 500 Nm on tap. The V6 diesel unit in the CLS 350 BlueTEC churns out 254 bhp and torque of 620 Nm.
There also an addition of a V6 petrol engine with turbocharging in the CLS 400 with a 3.5 litre displacement and biturbo drive. Compared to its predecessor with a naturally aspirated engine it produces 25 bhp more with 328 bhp. Its torque increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm.
The Mercedes CLS is scheduled for a premier at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed on 27th of June. In India, we expect to see the CLS facelift launch sometime next year.