2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class redesign debuts
The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, when it was released for the first time, was a groundbreaking product in terms of its design. It combined the practicality of a sedan and the swooping lines of a coupe in a stylish package that spawned the “four-door coupe” marketing term and several copycats. And now, two generations have passed by, so the time is ripe for an overhauled CLS. Enter the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, sporting new corporate styling cues that are at odds with the carryover shape of the car.
The new face of the CLS flaunts the latest corporate design language. The look has been honed to fit the eccentric four-door coupe identity of the CLS. The headlights are unlike anything that was seen on a Mercedes car, but will surely appear in the next-gen A-Class and other coupes as well. The rear is raked sharply to form the quintessential CLS look.
The interior of the CLS is unmistakably Mercedes. It is more similar to that of the modern E-Class. There are two optional 12.3-inch screens for the instrument panel and the infotainment panel. An ‘Office in the Car’ system helps the driver by automatically dialing into conference calls based on the entries in the calendar. The system also navigates to meetings according to calendar entries.
This third-generation model is also the first CLS to offer five- seats. The boot offers 520 liters of space which can be expanded by folding the seats that fold in 40:20:40 formations.
Under the hood of the CLS, everything has changed. A range of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines is available, but only three will be offered from launch. The CLS 450 is fitted with a 3-litre petrol along with a 48V mild-hybrid system as standard. The other two models, CLS 350d and CLS 400d, comes with a 3.0-litre engine which produces 282 and 335 hp respectively.
The new CLS will be made available from March 2018, and should hit UAE, KSA and other GCC showrooms by the end of 2018.