The premiere of the third-generation Mercedes CLS sedan is scheduled for the Los Angeles auto show in November. However, our colleagues from the British edition Autocar managed to get acquainted with the pre-season variant of the car and revealed details of the model.
The new Mercedes CLS will preserve the shape of its predecessor. This is a 4-door, low-roof model that will fit in size and price between traditional E-and S-Class sedans. The Shooting Brake (wagon) version of the new family will not have, as it turns out that the interest in it is very weak.
Changes in appearance affect first of all the headlights that follow the new Mercedes-Benz design. They are an unusual form of daylight in particular. The model features 18, 19 and 20-inch wheels.
The interior does not offer surprises, as it is similar to the E- and S-Class. There are two displays in front of the driver – one for the instruments and the other – for the multimedia system. Ventilation deflectors are the same as for E-Class. At the customer’s request, the rear seats can be divided into two or three seats.
The model is built on the MRA platform, borrowed from the E-Class, but the electronics and most options are the same as the S-Class. The standard suspension is spring-loaded and adaptive shock absorbers are available as an option.
The engines are gasoline and diesel, with the first mandatory with an additional 20 hp start-up generator. It is powered by a 48 volt system. The so-called “soft hybrid” extinguishes or starts the engine while driving in inertia, and also helps with acceleration.
The base motors are two with four cylinders. The diesel develops 244 hp and the gasoline is 299 hp. Following are the line-up 6-cylinder engines, which in the diesel develop 285 or 340 hp, and in the case of gasoline – 367 hp. There will also be an AMG version with 435 hp, but it is still unclear whether there will be a variant with a V8 unit.
Top-modification – SVAutobiography Dynamic, also relies on a 5.0-liter V8 with a mechanical compressor. With it power is increased by 550 hp. and 680 Nm at 575 hp. and 700 Nm. This SUV develops 100 km / h from a place in 5.4 seconds.
The model’s equipment includes a gesture management system, laser headlamps, a cabin air ionization function, a Wi-Fi internet access point that supports 4G. The seats can be adjusted in 24 directions and have 25 different massage modes.