This iconic design now has a more incisive front section. As the interior has been enhanced even further, there are many new, perfectly presented details waiting to be discovered that combine modern luxury and a hand-crafted feel with a passion for sport. The vehicle’s technical innovations bring exemplary functionality on the road. Futuristic MULTIBEAM LED headlamps take the lighting system into a new dimension. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions. Other leading-edge technologies include the nine-speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC, powerful new engines, intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems, as well as an advanced multimedia system with internet access. In terms of performance, the AMG versions – the CLS 63 AMG Coupé takes pole position with an output of up to 430 kW.
When Mercedes-Benz launched the CLS ten years ago it established the four-door coupé segment, thus underlining the brand’s leadership role in automotive design. For the first time, here was a vehicle combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. What is more, the CLS was the first vehicle to be available with dynamic LED High Performance headlamps, making it iconic in terms of its lighting system. In 2012 Mercedes-Benz continued this success by introducing the CLS Shooting Brake. This sporty five-door vehicle once again demonstrated the premium brand’s creative design credentials. Due to the immense charisma of the CLS Coupé, this model has established itself as a style icon, and continues to stand out as exceptional in its segment.
Florian Seidler, Executive Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa: “We’ve produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé. The exciting lines of the most recent models once again set the pulse racing. With new, high-tech additions such as innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps (which start a new chapter in lighting design), nine-speed automatic transmission and advanced multimedia system, these models also define a new technological leadership position.”
The CLS-Class’s exciting design and thrilling proportions were subtly adapted to these high-tech demands. As before, it has a long bonnet, a slim window line with frameless side windows and a roof with a dynamic rearward slope. The designs of the latest-generation CLS Coupé are more dynamic than ever. Examples include an expressive new diamond radiator grille, a pronounced front bumper with large air intakes, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and new, darkened rear tail lights with multi-level functionality.
Taking the lighting system into a new dimension
The CLS is already equipped with LED High Performance headlamps as standard. Alternatively, three models are optionally available with new MULTIBEAM LED
headlamps as designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz. This innovation sees Mercedes-Benz starting a new chapter in lighting design. Since MULTIBEAM LED technology combines the best of today’s lighting technologies and is able to adjust the light distribution very quickly and automatically to virtually any road and traffic conditions, it always ensures thus far unrivalled broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway for high performance and precision without dazzling other car drivers.
The camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus system supplies the information required for illumination. If it detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front with their lights on, each of the 24 individual, high-performance LEDs in a matrix light source is controlled electronically so that various areas of the road surface can be masked out, depending on the situation. Combining the matrix light source with proven LED Intelligent Light System technology, the headlamp control system improves on the precision of today’s light sources and sets a gap with a minimal width for the main beam. In this way, other car drivers are not dazzled but drivers of the CLS Coupé always benefit from the best possible – in other words brightest – illumination of the road and carriageway edges. These anti-dazzle, main-beam headlamps can be kept on permanently. New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps therefore offer a new level of safety, which benefits other road users too.
In addition to the camera on the windscreen, this new lighting system uses four control units per vehicle, which calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages. New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps provide exceptionally fast and precise, anti-dazzle continuous main beam and light up the road surface and its edges much more brightly in many situations.
Optimum vision on bends and roundabouts
As well as the high-performance, precision LED module, each MULTIBEAM LED headlamp contains a module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled up to 12 degrees to the outside for an active light function with special features that have never been achieved before. The latter is likewise camera-controlled. For example, an anticipatory function means that the active light function starts to swivel before the driver has even turned. The bend is therefore illuminated effectively as soon as possible. This active light function will also swivel back to the straight-on position before the corner ends, allowing the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting bends. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 metres, depending on the traffic situation. Another unique feature is used at roundabouts: before entering onto a roundabout, the cornering light function is activated to the left and right to ensure maximum visibility on all sides at an early stage. For this purpose the navigation system supplies the positions of roundabouts on the route to the headlamps.
A friendly greeting: “welcome home” function
One charming feature of the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is that, in addition to providing daytime running lamps, side lights and turn signal lamps via multifunctional fibre-optic cable, they also welcome the driver by casting a pleasant blue light when the vehicle is unlocked.
Sporty interior featuring modern luxury
Ample space; simple, sporty elegance; hand-crafted perfection, and premium materials are hallmarks of the CLS family’s stylish interior. The new generation ramps up this impression by placing greater emphasis on sportiness, exclusivity and functionality. A new, free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8″) will help to define the dashboard’s contemporary styling. Also new are the redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and many refined details, which contribute to the interior’s high quality look and feel. The central control panel in the centre console now has four buttons rather than just two previously, thus speeding up operations in many cases. With five attractive interior colours, six types of trim and different qualities of leather to choose from, including Leather PASSION Exclusive, the possibilities for individualisation are vast.
Fulfilling your wish list
The new AMG Line Plus supplements the existing Exterior Sports package and AMG Line design and equipment lines and, as the expression of exclusive sportiness and dynamism, increases the potential for individualisation. By the end of the year a special Night package is set to extend the selection further. New designo interior packages are also available.
Efficient, sporty engines
Thrilling dynamism and exemplary efficiency are the strong points of the five engines available for the next-generation CLS-Class. New to the CLS range is the CLS 250 CDI with a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common rail direct injection. It generates 150 kW with maximum torque of 500 Nm. Surpassing these figures, the V6 diesel engine in the CLS 350 BlueTEC delivers 190 kW and 620 Nm of torque.
Equally new is the V6 petrol engine with exhaust gas turbocharging in the CLS 400. Endowed with a biturbo drive system, it has a 3.5-litre displacement. Thanks to its high output potential and extremely high torque at low engine speeds, this engine sets new benchmarks in its segment. Output is 245 kW and 480 Nm of torque and is available in the wide engine speed range from 1200 to 4000 r/min. The CLS 500 hits its power peak at 300 kW and up to 600 Nm of torque.
Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine
430 kW and 800 Nm – the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world’s most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS 63 AMG ‘S’ with 430 kW and rear-wheel drive consumes 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined; 231 grams CO2 per kilometre).
New automatic transmission with nine gears
Other leading-edge technology includes the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment: 9G-TRONIC is deployed in the CLS 350 BlueTEC and CLS 500. This innovation builds on the strengths of 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which continues to set standards in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears 9G-TRONIC lowers fuel consumption whilst simultaneously boosting ease of shifting and agility.
The usual high Mercedes-Benz standard of quality
In order to make maximum safety accessible to all, in future the CLS-Class will be equipped with many new and feature-enhanced assistance systems. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS is already part of the standard equipment. It can help to avoid rear-end collisions – by way of autonomous brake application if necessary.
The latest assistance systems from the S-Class are also available as optional extras. These include DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC including parking in end-on spaces, as well as a 360° camera.
In future, a completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the CLS Coupé, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all functions in a clear and attractive manner.
A choice of infotainment system (Audio 20 CD – CLS 250 CDI only) or COMAND Online – (CLS 250 CDI optional) and standard on CLS 350 BlueTEC, CLS 400, CLS 500 and CLS 63 AMG) is available in conjunction with the new, free-standing display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8″). Both enable the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. A Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone with data option is all it takes. Equally new is the now standard and integral Media Interface for connecting an iPod® or iPhone®.
Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move in conjunction with COMAND Online. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, for example via Bluetooth®, from an Apple iPod® or iPhone®, from an SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
COMAND Online additionally comes with the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system.
In the version with pre-installation the basic Audio 20 CD system (CLS 250 CDI only) can be supplemented with the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its merits include 3D views with exact representation of streets and buildings, and photo-realistic Cross-Traffic and Lane Assistants. The navigation software and map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted into the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD with pre-installation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT.
The fast 3D hard-disc navigation of COMAND Online with topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations, as well as display of NASA satellite images, makes for a sensory experience. System features include an animated compass and Google Maps displayed on the head unit.
The navigation system is also able to provide real-time information about the situation on the roads when COMAND Online receives traffic data via the internet by means of the Live Traffic Information service.
Telephony via Bluetooth® with HD Voice as standard
Both the basic Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online comes as standard with basic telephony, which connects the mobile phone with the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface, featuring HD Voice. This latter feature significantly improves voice quality. What is more, in conjunction with convenience telephony the fast LTE network can be used if a compatible smartphone is provided on an appropriate contract.
Standard class-leading PremiumDrive maintenance plan
The CLS range, as with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars come standard with the class-leading 6-years/100 000 km PremiumDrive maintenance plan.
CLS 250 CDI – R 760,000.00 (138 CO2 R 1,847)
CLS 350 BlueTec – R 893,000.00 (142 CO2 R 2258)
CLS 400 – R 888,000.00 (179 CO2 R 6 054)
CLS 500 – R 1,120,000.00 (199 CO2 R 8,106.00)
CLS 63 AMG S – R 1,600,000.00 (231 CO2 R 11,389.00)
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