Mercedes-Benz’s updated CLS has arrived in Australia this week, bringing new features and a new transmission in some models.
Buyers of the CLS 500 variant will be the first to sample a new nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission in the Australian market, which Mercedes says brings improved economy and agility.
As before, the CLS 500 is matched with a 4.7 litre twin-turbo V8 producing 300kW and 600Nm.
Mercedes says the Multi-beam LED headlights are “exceptionally bright and automatically illuminate the road surface with a previously unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of light - without dazzling others”.
The lights are matched with a camera that can anticipate cornering and roundabouts, providing added illumination in either situation.
And if you prefer a warm, friendly greeting from your car every time you unlock the doors, the lights will glow blue in what Mercedes calls the “welcome home” function.
Also up front is a revised grille and bumper design, while the rear retains its trademark swooping tail end and adds new, darkened tail lights.
Inside, the CLS gains a new three-spoke steering wheel design and a new 8.5-inch display screen.
Besides the 4.7 V8 from the CLS 500, other engine options include the BlueTEC 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel producing 150kW and 500Nm that kicks off the range in the CLS 250.
The CLS 400 scores a new 3.0 litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine making 245kW and 480Nm - up 20kW and 110Nm on the engine it replaces - while the CLS 63 AMG is naturally the power king with 430kW/800Nm.
Powered by a 5.5 litre bi-turbo V8 matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the CLS 63 can hit 100km/h from rest in 3.6 seconds and has a fuel figure of 10 l/100km.
Mercedes says the new CLS AMG’s transmission has been tweaked for faster responses, while styling has been updated to set it further apart from the regular CLS models.
Other new equipment on the CLS range includes a 360 degree camera, illuminated front door sill panels, the AIRMATIC electrically-controlled damping system, new leather options, an electric rear sunblind, a television and more - depending on the model.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS is on sale now, priced from $114,900 plus on-road costs.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLS
- CLS 250 CDI - $114,900
- CLS 400 - $139,900
- CLS 500 - $169,000
- CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ - $249,000
CLS Shooting Brake
- CLS 250 CDI - $124,900
- CLS 500 - $179,900