8th-Sept-2011: The Mercedes-Benz India launched its new generation sedan Mercedes-Benz CLS Class today . The luxury brand brings the sedan into the country as a CBU and the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 is tagged at Rs 67.67 lakhs(ex showroom Mumbai). The Mercedes Benz has launched a single variant christened Mercedes Benz CLS 350 BlueEfficiency Avantgarde.
German manufacturer Mercedes Benz India, a division of Daimler AG Germany has its presence in India for over fifty years now. The Mercedes Benz CLS Class is an executive-size sedan and was first introduced to the world in 2004. Lately in September 2010, the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class entered its second generation and got a major facelift.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class launched recently in India is the facelifted version. It now has the innovative Blue Efficiency technology in it. The New CLS Class is available in two variants - New Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 BE and the most powerful and German engineering at its best New Mercedes Benz CLS Class 63 AMG.
The premium four door coupe is powered by a 3498cc V6 petrol engine that has a capacity to output 306 hp at 6500rpm. The New Mercedes Benz CLS Class 63 AMG on the other hand has a V8 engine that has a power of 514hp. New CLS Class is known for its ultimate power and modest fuel consumption besides low emissions.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class has compelling looks and fascinating exteriors in addition to the superior technology both under the hood and inside. The sporty four door coupe has LED Intelligent light system, LED high performance headlamps, electromechanical direct steer system and active parking assist system. Compared to the exiting Mercedes Benz CLS Class, the new CLS Class is wider yet aerodynamic as before and the wind resistance has been decreased by 10 percent.
Besides this the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 BE also has COMAND APS control (optional) that eases controlling the radio, DVD player, navigation system and phone. There is also GPS based Navigation system in the new CLS Class that also supports hard disk navigation. Micro-computers takes care of the braking system of the car ensuring greater safety on the road. This system works in consonance with Anti-lock Braking System and Brake Assist System.
The unique Parktronic System installed in the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class offers easy maneuvering while parking in tight spaces. Another feature of the new CLS Class is the Keyless Go feature through which the drive can unlock and start the car without actually holding the key in hand. Automatic climate control also called as THERMATIC automatic climate control maintains the temperature inside irrespective of the weather outside. As part of the Blue Efficiency in place in the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class, the structure of this car has been made lightweight using lightweight aluminium. The frameless doors, the bonnet, some parts of the suspension, front wings, boot lid, parcel shelf all are made of aluminium.
This is the 3498cc V6 petrol engine powered car that produces a maximum power of 306 PS at 6000rpm....
It is powered by a 5461cc, V8 petrol engine that has a maximum power of 514 hp and it can sprint to 100kmph mark in just 4.5 seconds....
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 63 AMG delivers a fuel efficiency of 6.3 kmpl on the highways and 5.6 kmpl in city conditions. The 7 speed Automatic Transmission gearbox helps to reduce fuel consumption and enhance the mileage of the car. The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 BE returns a mileage of 8.8 kmpl in the city conditions and 9.9 Kmpl on highway roads.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class is available in two variants viz. new Mercedes Benz CLS 350 BE and Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG. The two variants offer different torque and power. The new Mercedes Benz CLS 350 bears a CLS 6-cylinder V6 engine with a 7 speed automatic gearbox which provide ample amount of thrust on each gearshift. This highly advanced engine of new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 BE delivers a sporty power of 306 PS @ 6000 rpm and the peak torque of 350 Nm. On the other hand, the Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG is powered with a 5 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with a displacement of 5461cc. The engine is capable of generating a maximum power of 378 kW (514 hp) and an impressive torque of 630 Nm. With the use of these high powered engines the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class transforms itself into a high-performance coupe with the comfort of a sporty saloon.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class is powered with a V series engine which produces highest power and torque with AIRMATIC compression that turns pressurized air into calm composure on any road. It is the world's first coupe which incorporated with a 7 speed automatic transmission gearbox that has been engineered to provide more efficient and responsive performance. The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 picks up the speed of 100 kmph from 0 kmph in mere 6.1 seconds and attains the top speed of 250 kmph. On the other hand, the Mercedes Benz CLS Class 63 AMG revs up to the mark of 100 kmph from 0 kmph in just 4.5 seconds only and touches a top speed of 250 kmph.
With the very classy and enticing looks, new Mercedes Benz CLS Class possesses a calm and composed exterior design. A V-shaped radiator grille distinct from bonnet with matte paint and chrome highlights on the front end of this beauteous piece. Front bumper shares its color with the rest of the envelope of new CLS Class. Two heavily outlined louvres which are responsible for Aerodynamic optimization with large and central air intakes and a huge centrally placed Mercedes logo mark the richness of new Mercedes Benz CLS Class. C-shaped bi-xenon headlamps incorporate parking lights and locator lighting enabled with LED technology even during the day time.
The side view again gives a picture of its tagline-Sense and Sensuality. The long sides of new Mercedes Benz CLS Class are sharply sculpted and flows into tightly coiled haunches. The chrome trim strip on flat roof line and beltline gives this aggressive looking coupe a bright finish. The side look is sloping towards the front end so as to merge with it. Two windows slightly on lower side have an invisible B-pillar. Mounted on the four doors, the exterior mirror features LED indicators. The position of the exterior mirrors, painted in the same color as of body, improves visibility when turning off.
Same colored rear bumper with centrally positioned LED fog lamps and clear-glass lenses look amazingly stunning on the muscular and dynamic sloping rear end. Similarly, the LED tail lamp running from the outside towards inner side and very bright brake light and the dominant shoulder line that develops from the heavily contoured wheel arches adds to the sporty touch. Three different exhaust systems are available depending on engine and equipment choice.
New Mercedes Benz CLS Class features a remote glass sunroof. The electrically operated tilting/sliding glass sunroof features convenience functions such as “automatic opening” and “automatic closing”. A headliner which can be moved from inside provides protection against sunlight.
The dimensions of Mercedes Benz CLS Class are - Its length is 4917 mm, width with closed ORVMs is 1873 mm and with open ORVMs is 2107 mm, height is 1430 mm, wheelbase is 2854 mm and ground clearance is 118 mm.
There are mixed reviews about the exteriors of this car, but the interiors of Mercedes Benz CLS Class are far from being condemned. Three manual dials with central 10.9 cm TFT display for full color images takes the driver to the next level of pleasure driving. Multifunction 3-spoke tilt steering wheel in black or almond leather with twelve trapezoid buttons allows driver to choose from Neutral, Solar and Polar ambient lighting colours. Direct select gearshift paddles and two inserts along with all controls in silver chrome adds to the beauty. There is an extensive wood trim on the dashboard of Mercedes Benz CLS Class which is continuing on to the doors as well. An analogue clock with Mercedes star in the centre console and automatic climate control adds sheen to the interiors of new Mercedes Benz CLS Class. Console also offers ample of space with storage compartment having lid and 12V socket. Cruise control, Tachometre, PARKTRONIC, Reversing camera just enhance the technology in the interior make-up. The new CLS-Class features integrated Bluetooth that enables you to make hands-free phone calls. Standard Air condition with two AC vents on dash, two on the sides and two at the rear with rear controls are present in Mercedes Benz CLS Class.
Flexible side bolsters of the luxury head restraints improve lateral support of the head and enhance comfort. Individual rear seats, separated by a centre console with a folding armrest, further accentuate the individuality of the interior design. Four-rib vertical fluting in the seat cushions and backrests provides the seats with unmatchable comfort. The high-grade materials and excellent stitching give the interior its handcrafted feel. Multi-adjustable power seats adds to the comfort element. Keyless entry with vehicle anti-theft and child safety door locks are present.
The interior dimensions of Mercedes Benz CLS Class are as follows- Its front headroom is 975 mm, front legroom is 273 mm, rear headroom is 924 mm and rear legroom is 324 mm.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class 350 BE is powered by a V6 3498 cc, petrol engine to generate a maximum power output of 306 hp @ 6000 rpm and 370 Nm peak torque @ 3500-5250 rpm. The top speed attained by the classy sedan is 250 kmph. The acceleration of the car from 0-100 can be obtained in 6.1 seconds. The Mercedes Benz CLS Class is well mated with a 7-speed automatic gearbox with touchshift. The car offers a mileage of 6.3 kmpl on the city roads and 9.9 kmpl on the highways.
The Mercedes Benz CLS Class 63 AMG is equipped with a 5 L V8 engine that has the capacity to produce the peak power of 514 hp and an maximum torque output of 630 Nm. With the supreme torque and power output, it places itself in the sports car league. The maximum speed the car can attain is 250 km/h and the 0-100 km can be reached in mere 4.5 seconds. The CLS 63 variants provides a fuel economy of 5.6 kmpl on city roads and 8.8 kmpl on the highways.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class comes with audio system 'AUDIO 20 CD' radio with CD player. It is MP3 compatible and has a 6-disc CD changer option. New CLS Class also comes with AUX-IN and Bluetooth interface with hands-free function for better connectivity.
As part of the optional package, the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class can be clad in AMG bodystyling. A designo sand leather (X27) upholstery can also be opted besides an Alcantara roof lining in designo anthracite. In addition to it, the new CLS Class can also have AIRMATIC DC, Burr Walnut wood trim with wood finish, Steering wheel gear shift paddles, Wood/leather steering wheel, Harman/Kardon LOGIC7(r) surround sound system, Wood selector level, KEYLESS-GO, Media Interface including consumer cable-kit, Automatically dimming interior mirrors and driver's side exterior mirror, Remote boot locking and Blue Glass all around.
The new Mercedes Benz CLS Class has a wheelbase measuring up to 2854mm. New Mercedes Benz CLS 350 BE possess own 17 inch alloy wheels in a unique design where single and double spokes alternate in a 10-spoke pattern, while new Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG is equipped with 19 inch triple spoke AMG light alloy wheels. The front and rear tyre size measures up to 245/40 R 18 - 285/30 R19 correspondingly.
The Mercedes Benz CLS Class is equipped with a 17 inch ten spoke light alloy wheels incorporated with the Adaptive Brake system to ensure intelligent braking to recognize the emergency of the situation in support with the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BAS). The BAS is helpful in emergency situations where the maximum brake force is applied and reduces the stopping distance after the brake application. The ESP is the Electronic Stability program that avoids the skidding of the vehicle by applying the brake on one or more wheels according to the situation.
The active safety features are ESP and BAS, while the ESP is available in all the Mercedes Benz models, an Electronic Stability Program to avoid the vehicle skid with emergency application of brake. The BAS is the Brake Assist that ensures the maximum Brake force application to stop the vehicle as soon as the brake is applied. The Acceleration Skid Control (ASR) is also featured in this the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class to avoid skidding of the vehicle while driving at high speed. The Active Parking system in the sedan is integrated with the PARKTRONIC system for safe parking of the vehicle. Combined with the audio and visual warnings along with the ultrasonic sensors, enables the driver with ease in handling the vehicle for comprehensive parking.
The passive safety features consists of a two stage front airbags, sidebags above the door and window bags are featured to provide extreme safety. The sidebags in the rear seat are optional. The sidebags and the window airbags are to provide safety in case of side on collisions. All the seats are fitted with a 3 point seat belts and a head restraint. The front seats are affixed with a NECK-PRO head restraints, which moves forward and vertically through the sensor systems to reduce the whipping motion of the head during the rear-end collision
The Belt tensioners pull the seat belts tightly against the passengers in case of the front or the rear end collisions.
The Active Lighting system featured in the car is to provide low-beam lights of bi-Xenon headlights that ensure proper illumination in the road turns around the corners to enable a better view of possible obstacles near the bends. The LED technology of the bi-xenon headlamps ensures better illumination of parking lights, despite the stationary position of the vehicle.
Mercedes Benz CLS Class Pros :
Safety features are very powerful, luxury components
Mercedes Benz CLS Class Cons :
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6 Cylinder 24 Valve
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8 Cylinder 32 Valve
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