Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new third-generation version of the CLS, the coupe that isn't a coupe. The all-new design treads a familiar path the second generation abandoned. With its arching waistline, flat side window lines, and low roofline the new CLS looks very much like an evolution of the first generation CLS.
Mercedes are quick to tout a low cd value of 0.26 but to the uninformed eye the new CLS simply looks cool again.
It's powered by completely new engines, initially in-line six-cylinder diesel and petrol units. Three six-cylinder models will be available on market launch:
CLS 350 d 4MATIC (210 kW/286 hp, 600 Nm; combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 148 g/km)
CLS 400 4MATIC (250 kW/340 hp, 700 Nm; combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 148 g/km)
CLS 450 4MATIC (270 + 16 kW/367 hp + 22 hp; combined fuel consumption 7.5 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 178 g/km)1
The CLS initially has gone for pure comfort, the new four-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, steel comfort suspension is standard equipment. AIR BODY CONTROL suspension is optional.
On-board tech includes the latest iteration of Mercedes' infotainment system with In-Car-Office, smartphone connectivity via Mercedes-Benz Link and wireless charging.
The touchpad in the centre console gives haptic and acoustic feedback when operating the numerous convenience functions and settings.
The standard equipment of the CLS includes: LED High Performance headlamps, 18‑inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a 12.3‑inch media display, ambiance lighting including illuminated air vents, Mercedes me connect services and a communication module with LTE.
A high-resolution Widescreen cockpit is available, with two 12.3‑inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood is designed to give the appearance of a free-floating unit thanks to its surface trim.
Mercedes have yet to reveal the exact price, but as with all new generation, models expect to pay a premium over the last gen. The third generation CLS will go on sale in Q2 2018.