The CLS Coupe, SLK Roadster And New Generation C-Class | Part Four

When it comes to active safety, the new CLS-Class is fitted as standard with the Sensotronic Brake Control SBC™ system and the latest generation of the Electronic Stability Program ESP, a clear display of Mercedes Benz' technological leadership in the automotive industry. And the coupé is available as an option with a host of other innovations which make life on the road even safer. The high-output bi-xenon headlamps with the active cornering headlamp system, which Mercedes Benz is offering for the first time with a cornering light function, are a good example.

DISTRONIC proximity control, the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system, the control and display system COMAND APS with its Europe-wide DVD navigation function and the keyless access and drive authorisation system KEYLESS-GO are further examples of Mercedes technology which can be ordered as an option to ensure even greater comfort and driving pleasure.

Mercedes Benz unveiled a coupé study at the 2003 International Motor Show in Frankfurt aimed at gauging the public's appetite for the new CLS-Class. The widespread enthusiasm which greeted the four-door newcomer provided the Stuttgart-based car maker with the response it needed to give series production the green light. The CLS-Class Coupé will arrive in Mercedes Benz' sales and service outlets and dealerships in autumn 2004.

Sporty, innovative and more powerful than ever: The new SLK-Class

The new SLK-Class is another passenger car celebrating its world premiere at the Mercedes stand at the Geneva Motor Show. As refreshing, enlivening and potent as an Italian espresso, the new Roadster displays impressive sporting prowess. Underpinning these outstanding performance credentials are the powerful new engines, a sporty suspension set-up, more direct steering and a precise six-speed manual transmission.

The roadster also builds on the proven strengths of its predecessor in the shape of a further developed, space-saving vario-roof, even more innovative safety features – including adaptive airbags and new head/thorax side airbags – and unique new developments such as the neck-level heating system AIRSCARF, bi-xenon headlamps with the cornering light function and the seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC (all optional).

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Published 21 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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