Mercedes-Benz has announced Australian pricing for its all-new CLS range, following the big four-door coupe's global unveiling at last year's LA Auto Show.
Initially, the CLS will be offered in two trim levels: the diesel-powered CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency and the petrol V8-powered CLS 63 AMG flagship.
In the fourth quarter, the line-up will be joined by the 200kW CLS 350 BlueEfficiency and the 300kW CLS 500 BlueEfficiency.
In the case of the CLS 63 AMG, power is provided by AMG's new 'M157' 5.5 litre biturbo V8 engine, producing 386kW and 700Nm of torque - up 8kW and 70Nm on its 6.2 litre naturally-aspirated predecessor.
The 5.5 litre V8 engine's maximum power is available at 4400rpm, with the huge torque figure coming online between 2000rpm and 4500rpm.
Buyers can choose to tick the 'AMG Performance Package' box, boosting power to 410kW and 800Nm of torque.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through Mercedes' seven-speed SpeedShift multi-clutch transmission, and fuel economy is rated at 10.0 l/100km on the combined cycle.
The 0-100km/h sprint is covered in 4.4 seconds for the 'regular' CLS 63 AMG and 4.3 with the Performance pack, while top speed for both is electronically-limited to 250km/h.
The CLS 63 benefits from the same mechanical tweaks as its siblings in the AMG stable, including revised suspension, braking and aero components.
The CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency is powered by a direct-injected six-cylinder 3.0 litre turbodiesel, producing 195kW and 620Nm of torque.
With power sent to the rear wheels through a 7G Tronic Plus automatic transmission, fuel consumption for the CLS 350 CDI is listed at 6.2 l/100km.
The CLS 350 CDI and CLS 63 AMG are available across Australia from June.
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency - $159,200
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG - $263,500
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.