Say Hello To The New, Inline-Six Powered Mercedes CLS

James Marshall
November 30, 2017

Based heavily on the E-Class - as it's always been - this new CLS is more mainstream in looks, although Mercedes say it heralds a future design language for their cars. The new LED DRLs and the slimmer grille draw inspiration from the AMG GT Coupe. Those inside will be treated with many comforting features such as ambient lighting, illuminated air vents, a 12.3-inch high-resolution central display, wireless smartphone charging, and a fully digital dash. These screens can be set up as you see fit, with multiple styles and layout options for the various functions, including sat-nav directions and traditional readouts.

That more mainstream feel extends to the back seats, where the two individual outer seats - seats which look unique to the CLS - are joined by a usable middle seat, making this generation CLS a five-seater for the first time.

Another new feature is Mercedes' Energizing Comfort Control system.

From launch there are three engine options. Both will be equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive, sprinting from 0-100 kmph in 5.7 and 5.0 seconds respectively. CO2 emissions for both are 148g/km.

As for the new petrol engine, it has a capacity of 3.0 litres and is coupled to a small electric motor in a mild hybrid configuration. It features a high-tech 48-volt electrical system that provides extra power when accelerating and allows the engine to switch off when only low power is required, resulting in improved economy.

Mercedes-Benz claims a 4.8-second 0-100km/h sprint for the petrol, with claimed consumption of 7.5L/100km combined. These doors are a frameless design like the earlier CLS models.

The engines on the Mercedes-Benz CLS range between four- and six-cylinder petrols and diesels, all of which run a nine-speed automatic as standard equipment. In manual mode, the vehicle changes gear with impressive speed with a pull on the paddles mounted on the steering wheel. There are three different suspension systems on offer on the CLS - the first two being steel-sprung and the third air suspension. The air suspension offers an impressively comfortable ride, with only a significant series of imperfections in the road causing our prototype auto to feel unsettled. The steering wheel looks identical to the one in the new S-Class and the AC vents have the turbine design that we so liked in the new E-Class. Customers can also opt for Driving Assistance Package for adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, active speed limit assist, active blind-spot assist and active lane-keeping assist. There's also a system called PRE-SAFE Impulse Side, which prepares front passengers for side impact by "giving them a sideways impulse", which Mercedes claims reduces the risk of injury.

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