Steane Klose | May 2, 2008

The car that started the “four-door-coupe” revolution, the Mercedes-Benz CLS has undergone a few subtle changes in its latest guise. Due to hit showrooms in May this year Mercedes-Benz have released initial pricing and specification details.

There will be three CLS models available, the CLS 350, CLS 500 and CLS 63 AMG. A casual observer would be hard pressed to spot the exterior styling changes with Mercedes-Benz content to update brake, tail and mirror-mounted indicator lights to LED’s as well as revise the front grille, rear apron and tail-pipe designs.

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Mercedes-Benz have decided that “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” and carried through the engine range from the outgoing model unmolested. That means the CLS 350 gets the 200kW V6, the CLS 500 sticks with a 285kW V8 and of course the range topping CLS 63 AMG gets AMG’s 6.3-litre all-aluminium 378kW V8.

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It’s on the inside where Mercedes-Benz have concentrated their efforts and the new generation CLS now features improved levels of standard equipment.

CLS 350

Pricing increases by $3,000 over the previous generation and is now $143,900. However, the following four popular optional extras are now standard equipment:

• Harman/Kardon LOGIC7® 510 Watt surround sound system with 12 loudspeakers (including subwoofer) and additional amplifier

• In-car TV tuner (for both analogue and digital television)

• Electrically folding exterior mirrors

• Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

CLS 500

Pricing also increases by $3,000 over the previous generation and is now $182,400. However, now included on the standard items list is the following:

• Multi-contour front seats for enhanced comfort and adjustment

• Heated front seats

• Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

CLS 63 AMG

Fitted with AMG’s SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC gearbox, the price of the ‘big-banger’ AMG has moved up by $4,000 and is now $257,800. The trade off is the standard fitment of the following items:

• DISTRONIC autonomous intelligent cruise control

• Luxury front seats with heating and ventilation settings

• KEYLESS-GO automatic lock/unlock and drive authorisation

• 19-inch AMG light alloy wheels

• AMG performance steering wheel

• Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

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