2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLS
The refreshed 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS has rolled out of the shadows, unveiled in full today after an early front-end reveal on Tuesday.
As shown earlier in the week, the already fresh CLS has been given a subtle going-over with the styling wand, picking up revised headlights, a new-look grille and refreshed bumpers.
The real changes for 2015 are under the skin, with the CLS range landing powered-up and more efficient engines, along with Merc’s new 9G Tronic nine-speed auto.
Starring in all but the CLS 400 and the top CLS 63 AMG, the new transmission was first detailed around this time last year.
The new shifter, which replaces the existing 7G Tronic seven-speed auto, was developed primarily to improve fuel consumption.
Last year, its introduction with the large E 350 sedan saw fuel consumption drop from 5.5 to 5.3 l/100km, thanks to a broader gear ratio that sees revs sitting at around 1350rpm when cruising at 120km/h.
In the CLS, the 9G Tronic will be standard equipment with the 125kW/400Nm CLS 220 BlueTec, the 150kW/500Nm CLS 250 BlueTec, the 190kW/620Nm CLS 350 diesel and the powerful 300kW/600Nm CLS 500 petrol.
There is also the new CLS 400 model, powered by the same 248kW 3.0 litre V6 that will also feature in the C-Class, E-Class and SL-Class.
The range is again topped by the 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 CLS 63 AMG hero, available in ‘regular’ 410kW/720Nm form and the even more powerful 63 AMG S with 430kW and 800Nm.
The CLS 63 AMG can be had in both rear- and 4Matic all-wheel-drive form, while the S model is available in all-wheel-drive only.
It is likely that in Australia, Mercedes AMG will follow the path set out by the E 63 AMG and offer the more powerful S specification as standard but with rear-wheel-drive only.
A key new addition to the CLS is the new multi-beam headlights, which use use multiple LEDs to ensure high-precision high-beam lighting that keeps from dazzling other drivers.
Features inside the updated CLS include a new eight-inch display with the latest generation of Merc’s COMAND infotainment system, including new online connectivity and app functions.
There’s also a re-styled steering wheel and five new colour and trim options for the cabin styling.
Standard safety features include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, and Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection.
There’s also Pre-Safe Plus, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Parking Assist with ParkTronic including lateral parking manoeuvres and a 360-degree view camera system.
Australian details for the new CLS range are still to be confirmed, although Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a local debut will occur in the first quarter of 2015.