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2014-07-01 05:20

SHOOTING STAR: Mercedes-Benz has launched revised versions of its CLS and CLS Shooting Brake. It arrives in SA later in November 2014. Image: Mercedes-Benz

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Mercedes-Benz has revised its four-door CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake.

The automaker says these two iconic designs now have "a more incisive front section and an enhanced interiorr" while the cars’ technical innovations add "functionality on the road".

New goodies include futuristic multibeam LED headlights, a nine-speed automatic transmission called 9G-Tronic, powerful new engines, networked driver's assistance and safety systems, as well as an advanced multimedia system with internet access.  And, says Mercedes, all models will come standard with the new online services offered by ‘Mercedes Connect Me’.


Mercedes South Africa says the new models will arrive in South Africa in November 2014, with all the latest technology excluding the all-wheel drive 4Matic versions.

There’s a new diamond radiator grille, a pronounced front bumper with large air intakes and new darkened rear tail lights with multi-level functionality.

Each model comes with the LED high performance headlights but the multibeam LED lights are optional. The latter provide fast and precise, anti-dazzle continuous main beams and light up the road surface and its edges brighter than before.

There’s also a new free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20cm screen, a redesigned three-spoked sports steering wheel and the central control panel in the facia now has four buttons rather than two.

Interior options include five colours, six types of trim and various qualities of leather to choose from.

Mercedes said: “The new AMG Line Plus supplements the existing Exterior Sports package and AMG Line design and equipment lines while a special Night package is set to extend the selection further by the end of 2014. New design interior packages are also available.”


Five engines will be available for the next-generation CLS, each compliant with the Euro6 standard.

New to the class is the CLS 220 BlueTEC with a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common-rail direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and BlueTEC technology and capable of 125kW/400Nm.

The four-cylinder diesel engine in the CLS 250 BlueTE has 150kW/500Nm while the V6 diesel in the CLS 350 BlueTEC delivers 190kW/620Nm.

There’s also the new V6 petrol engine with exhaust gas turbocharging in the CLS 400. Endowed with a biturbo drive system, it has a 3.5-litre displacement. Compared to its predecessor, which had a naturally aspirated engine, output is 20kW more at 245kW, says Mercedes. Its torque increases by 110Nm to 480Nm. The CLS 500 hits its power peak at 300kW/600Nm.

In future, says the automaker, four models (rather than the previous two) will be offered with permanent all-wheel drive. The newcomers are the CLS 250 BlueTEC 4Matic and the CLS 400 4Matic.

The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine makes 410kW/430Kw (S-model) and 720-800Nm. The CLS 63 AMG with 410kW and rear-wheel drive uses 9.9 litres/100km with 231g/km CO2 emissions.

The world's first nine-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment: 9G-TRONIC can be found in the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350 BlueTEC and CLS 500. Mercedes said:

“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 reduces fuel consumption while simultaneously boosting ease of shifting and agility.”

A choice of infotainment system (Audio 20 CD or optional Comand Online) is available in conjunction with the new, free-standing display. Both enable the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary.

A Bluetooth-capable mobile phone with data option is all it takes.

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