With its long thrusting bonnet, sweepingly low coupe roofline and muscular haunches, the athletic new CLS is poised to build on the incredible design-led success of its predecessor. Longer, wider and sitting on an extended wheelbase, the new CLS now delivers more room for all four passengers and their luggage, and ushers in a bold look that’s both strikingly new and instantly familiar.
The new CLS is available in the UK with three petrol engines, the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and CLS 63 AMG, as well as a pair of punchy and refined turbo-diesel engines, the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.
The CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY, the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY drive their rear wheels through an advanced new 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed transmission, which now features for the first time an ECO start/stop system. The E 63 AMG’s SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic sports transmission features four transmission modes as well as an ECO stop/start function.
Headline figures for the 1,735 kg CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY are 306 hp at 6,500 rpm, 370 Nm at 3,500-5,250 rpm, 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds, a 155 mph electronically limited top speed, a CO2 rating of just 161 g/km and a combined economy figure of 40.9 mpg.
Key data for the 1,890 kg CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY is 408 hp at 5,000-5,750 rpm, 600 Nm at 1,600-4,750 rpm, 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds, a 155 mph electronically limited top speed, 209 g/km and 31.4 mpg on the combined cycle.
The CLS 63 AMG, the performance flagship posts some truly impressive figures – its 5,461 cc bi-turbo V8 engine develops 525 hp at 5,750 rpm and a fulsome 700 Nm between 1,750 – 5,000 rpm. It powers its way to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds and onto an electronically limited 155 mph top speed. Despite this prodigious performance, the 1870kg CLS 63 AMG returns 28.5 mpg and 231 g/km on the combined, making it a full 32 percent more economical than its predecessor.
On the diesel side, the twin-turbo 2,143cc four-cylinder CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY develops 204 hp at 4,200rpm and 500 Nm of torque that is available between 1,600 rpm and 1,800 rpm – enough to sprint the 1,800 kg CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and onto a 150 mph top speed, while still returning 54.3 mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 rating of 135 g/km.
The CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is powered by a 2,987cc V6 turbo-diesel. This muscular powerplant generates a full 265 hp at a low 3,800 rpm and a vast 620 Nm of torque that arrives at just 1,600 rpm and stays constant until 2,400 rpm. The 1,815 kg CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY accelerates to 62 mph in just 6.2 seconds and onto a 155 mph electronically limited top speed, while returning 46.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and just CO2 160 g/km
Prices start at a competitive £46,360 for the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, and rise to £80,645 for the flagship CLS 63 AMG, which arrives later in the year.
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