The unique, four-door Mercedes Benz CLS Coupé – which pioneered a new automotive segment – has also been made more attractive than ever by specific fine-tuning. The front aspect is dominated by a modified radiator grille, which now has two rather than the previous four louvres. The exterior mirrors also have a new shape, with integrated, arrow-shaped LED indicator repeaters and more than 30 per cent larger lenses. The tail lights are now also in LED technology: the brake lights, rear lights and indicators feature particularly fast-responding light-emitting diodes.
Great attention to detail has also been lavished on the updated interior: a newly designed leather steering wheel with three spokes and multifunction buttons is part of the package, as is a new-look instrument cluster, whose white dial faces form an attractive contrast to the structured surface of the backplate. New chestnut wood inserts replace the previous trim.
Like the Mercedes Benz SL, SLK and CLC, the CLS benefits from new-generation infotainment systems. These high-performance units combine ease of operation and intuitive menus with perfect entertainment. Features include speed-sensitive volume control, a keypad for entering telephone numbers and radio frequencies, an MP3-capable CD and DVD player and a Bluetooth interface which wirelessly connects a mobile phone with the onboard hands-free system. Audio 20, Audio 20 CD with CD changer, Audio 50 and Audio 50 APS with DVD changer and the LINGUATRONIC voice-control system now feature a 5-inch colour monitor. COMAND APS has a high-resolution 6.5-inch colour display, LINGUATRONIC for audio, navigation and telephony, a music register for storing audio files and an SD memory card slot.
The V6 petrol model in the CLS 350 CGI is an advanced six-cylinder engine with piezo-electric direct injection and a spray-guided combustion system develops an output of 292 hp and has a convincingly low NEDC fuel consumption of 31 mpg.
The Mercedes Benz CLS 500 is powered by a V8 engine with a displacement of 5.5 litres and a peak output of 388 hp. The CLS 320 CDI with its 224 hp V6 diesel engine above all excels with its high torque of 540 Nm, accompanied by a low diesel fuel consumption of 37.2 mpg. All CLS models are equipped with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.Published 25 February 2008