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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic

Merc has been making the CLS-Class since the early 2000’s, dropping the first-gen with a debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. Framed as a sleek sedan packing top-shelf luxury, a sporty exterior, and no shortage of power under the hood, Merc quickly ushered in the go-faster AMG iteration at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The second-generation CLS arrived in 2011, with a hot-to-trot AMG 63 hot on its heels. Now, there’s a third-gen model on the table, with the latest CLS dropping at the 2017 Los Angeles Show. As is tradition, Mercedes brought along a new AMG iteration as well, introducing the new 53-Series model alongside two other high-powered luxury rides from the boffins at AMG, including the 53-Series AMG E-Class Coupe and the
E-Class Cabriolet, all of which arrived in style at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. All told, the latest AMG CLS 53 4Matic comes packing with superlative Mercedes-Benz styling, the latest technology in the cabin, a high-performance attitude, and all the requisite power to back it.

The new four-door coupe also comes a supplementary electric system that adds a good deal of low-end torque on demand, a feature that makes the heavy-hitting luxury cruiser even more frisky when you dig into the skinny pedal. “With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridised future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Sounds good. But how good is it, really? Read on for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC.

Exterior

  • Looks elegant and refined, yet aggressive
  • Four-door coupe body style
  • Wide and low stance
  • Graceful roof line
  • Pumped-up AMG cues front to back
  • Tweaked styling in the nose
  • Extended and rounded rear end
  • Polished metal and carbon fiber trim
  • Subtle yet effective rear trunk spoiler
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

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“When it comes to the underlying philosophy driving the CLS-Series, there seems to be two main schools of thought – elegance and power.”

When it comes to the underlying philosophy driving the CLS-Series, there seems to be two main schools of thought – the first is elegance and refinement, which is to be expected considering the three-pointed star badge fixed to the nose. The other half of the equation is power and performance, both traits that get triple underlined when dealing with something from AMG.

As such, the AMG CLS 53 4Matic looks like a powerful, low-swept grand touring machine. The wheelbase is long, as is the hood line, while the stance is wide and close to the ground. The headlight housings pull back into the fenders with a triangular shape and check-mark daytime running lights, while the roof line is rounded, falling back into an equally rounded rear end with a graceful, unbroken arc. The tail section is square in its proportions and rounded at the edges, enhancing the car’s visual length with an extended overhang.

Updated features for the latest 2018 model year are numerous. Let’s start in front, where we find a twin-blade radiator grille, a design once relegated exclusively for the V-8 models (this one’s got a ’six under the hood, by the way). The main intake is complemented by black mesh insert, as is the lower horizontal intake. A dividing middle character bar stretches from side to side and comes finished in shiny metal. There’s also an A-wing front apron that incorporates black flics, while a front splitter juts out from the lower bumper section and comes finished with chrome detailing. Further horizontal elements in the outer intakes also add to the car’s visual width, while additional air curtains specific to the model help to reduce drag.


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“The AMG CLS 53 4Matic looks like a powerful, low-swept grand touring machine. The wheelbase is long, as is the hood line, while the stance is wide and close to the ground. New features include a restyled grille and extra aero efficiency.”

Moving over to the car’s profile, we find AMG-specific side sills that bring the car just a little closer to the ground. Higher up, there’s a set of side-view mirrors that are positioned further back on the body in a manner that’s reminiscent of the AMG GT sports car. We also love how that roof line naturally draws the eye rearwards into the well-proportioned rear end.

Speaking of the rear, the tail of the machine sports mud flaps that were redesigned to be more aerodynamically efficient, moving air around the wheel arches. The rear apron comes with a diffuser insert that completes the car’s squarish rear profile, plus there’s a quartet of round exhaust tips finished in a high-gloss chrome that do well to enhance the car’s sporting demeanor. Up top is a body-colored trunk lid spoiler, a feature that’s also offered in an optional carbon-fiber finish. At the sides are two-section taillights, which Mercedes says allow for a bigger trunk opening. Their shape also gives the car a wide and low stance that looks great with its wider track.


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Finally, the AMG CLS 53 4Matic comes standard with 19-inch wheels made with an alloy construction, but buyers can also get theirs with the optional 20-inch wheels if preferred.

Interior

  • Horizontal layout dripping with opulence
  • Large infotainment screen connects with the driver’s screen
  • Several options for upholstery materials and colors
  • Multiple display modes for the screens
  • Carbon fiber trim material dominates throughout
  • Sport seats keep limbs in place
  • Brushed metal adds extra bling
  • Voice control and touch pad for inputs
  • Energizing comfort control provides synergy
  • Latest safety tech included

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“Horizontal cues appear to be the predominant style here, with a broad, sweeping dash that wraps its way fully around the cabin in an almost unbroken slab.”

Like its exterior appearance, the interior of the AMG CLS 53 4Matic looks to combine elegance with sportiness. However, this go-faster four-door definitely leans heavily towards the sporting side of things thanks to its copious AMG-specific equipment and trim bits.

But before we get into all that, though, let’s first examine the layout and design. Horizontal cues appear to be the predominant style here, with a broad, sweeping dash that wraps its way fully around the cabin in an almost unbroken slab. Air vents are placed in the corners, while a quartet of vents are mounted in the middle, all coming with a rounded shape and exaggerated rifling inserts. The center console is equally large and wide, as is the infotainment and gauge cluster screens (more on those in a little bit).

In back, we find a wave design seating arrangement, which Mercedes says was tweaked this time around to provide more comfort. There’s a new shape, new colors, and
new materials, with an overarching focus on providing the utmost in comfort, ergonomics, sportiness, and safety. There’s also an adjustable head rest height. There’s seating for three in the rear, which in addition to the two up front, brings passenger capacity to five. Additional practicality is offered with the 40:20:40 split in the bench, making the most of the available space in the trunk.

Now let’s talk about all that AMG gear, shall we? The CLS 53 comes standard with an AMG steering wheel wrapped in nappa leather, offering a flat bottom, four spokes, red contrast stitching, and a red top center mark. The wheel is also optional with wood inserts in piano lacquer, or a Dinamica microfiber, if preferred. There’s highly bolstered sport seats up front as well, with an AMG-specific upholstery appointment, plus more of that red contrast stitching. AMG badges are added in numerous places, and there are red seat belts to keep you in place. Carbon fiber trim is the dominant material of choice, but you can also get it with glass fiber in matte silver. Brushed metal and aluminum add extra bling.


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“The CLS 53 comes standard with an AMG steering wheel wrapped in nappa leather, highly bolstered sport seats, AMG-specific upholstery appointment, AMG badges, and red seat belts to keep you in place. Carbon fiber trim dominates.”

The top-shelf materials don’t stop there. Options include Artico leatherette and Dinamicra microfiber, nappa leather, and designo interior gear. Meanwhile, the color combos include macchiato beige with magma grey, black with bengal red, and espresso brown with magma grey. Several colors are also added to the rim of the steering wheel and the rear seating.

High-end materials and slick upholstery appointment are great, but no modern luxury mobile worth its animal hide would be complete without a modern infotainment system to keep passengers entertained and properly informed. As such, the AMG CLS 53 gets a new “control and display concept,” plus an optional 12.3-inch diagonal screen. This unit combines to create a Widescreen Cockpit view, stretching across the dash to join up with the digital gauges behind the wheel. Users can adjust this to suit their taste using a lineup of display styles, which include “Classic,” “Sporty,” and “Progressive.” It’s also configurable to view parameters such as the engine oil temperature, the transmission oil temperature, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, engine output, torque levels, boost pressure, tire temperatures, tire pressure, and other info, plus the current vehicle system settings (and yeah, there’s a lot of them).

User inputs are made via touch-sensitive buttons placed on the steering wheel, enabling swiping motions akin to what you’d use on a smartphone or mobile device. There’s also a touch pad controller in the center console, and a new Linguatronic voice control system, the latter of which can be used for additional functions and features, such as the air conditioning, seat heat and ventilation, interior lights, and the optional heads-up display.


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“One of the more interesting features is the optional “Energizing comfort control,” which connects a variety of different systems for a holistic cabin experience.”

One of the more interesting features is the optional “Energizing comfort control,” which connects a variety of different systems (air conditioning, seat heating/ventilation/massage, surface heating, steering wheel heating, lighting, and “music moods”). With all these systems properly connected, the comfort control will generate “a special wellness set-up to enhance well-being and performance,” depending on the driver’s moods and requirements. While the description is a little vague, we see it as a bit like a holistic climate control, encompassing more than just the temperature of the air coming through the vents to more accurately fulfill the needs of the passenger.

The AMG CLS 53 4Matic also pulls tech from the Mercedes S-Class for the safety gear. Standard spec throws in features like Active Braking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, and the Pre-Safe system, while the optional gear includes Active Distance Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Braking Assist (plus Cross-Traffic Function), Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Pre-Safe Plus. Making it all work is the onboard camera and radar systems, which also throw in navigation data “to calculate vehicle behavior.”

Drivetrain

  • 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
  • Twin turbochargers pump up the output
  • EQ Boost adds electric efficiency and low-end shove
  • Peak output rated at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
  • 0-to-62 mph done in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed rated at 168 mph with optional Driver’s package
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD
  • Multiple drive modes

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“The big news in this department is the new EQ Boost starter-alternator, which can “momentarily” provide another 21.5 horsepower and a remarkable 184.4 pound-feet of torque.”

Pop the hood on this four-door, and you’ll first find a big plastic engine cover, as is tradition these days. However, under all that plastic, Mercedes is hiding an electrified 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which gets pumped up by a twin-turbo set-up that includes one turbo spun by exhaust gases and a second turbo spun by an electric auxiliary compressor.

Of course, the big news in this department is the new EQ Boost starter-alternator, which can “momentarily” provide another 16 kW (21.5 horsepower) and a remarkable 250 Nm (184.4 pound-feet) of torque. The added muscle is great, but in addition to the extra go, the EQ Boost will also provide juice to the 48-volt onboard electrics.

This feature manages to combine a starter and alternator into a single electric motor, which Merc then mounted between the engine and transmission. According to the automaker, “This innovation as well as the intelligent charging via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger all have the same goal: to enhance the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions.” We’re all for that first bit, but if Merc can one-up the output while also decreasing the fuel consumption, we’re all for it.


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“A system like this should provide a really solid whomp way down low in the rpm range, and once the engine is spinning fast enough, the gas-driven turbo will kick in for even more peak power.”

Indeed, a system like this should provide a really solid whomp way down low in the rpm range, and once the engine is spinning fast enough, the gas-driven turbo will kick in for even more peak power. That means that despite the high-boost applications, there’s no turbo lag, thus offering more refinement (less turbo thrash) and a super-sharp throttle response as well. Very nice.

All told, look out for this system to make into future hybrid applications from AMG. Even with a shift in priorities to higher efficiency, systems like this will keep the brand in the high-performance game. “Thanks to the 48 V battery, the overall battery capacity in the vehicle is increased, enabling more electrical energy to be made available – and therefore also allowing innovative functions to be introduced, for example,” Mercedes says. “The 48 V on-board electrical system is therefore paving the way for further hybridisation.”

While we’re on the subject, we might as well mention the fuel and energy savings that come with the 2018 model year. These include the previously mentioned 48-volt electric system, an energy recuperation system, and an engine start/stop system now offering smoother transitions between engine on and engine off. There’s also a glide mode that’ll let you coast when most appropriate. With all those systems combined, the AMG CLS 53 4Matic manages 8.4 liters per 100 km (28 mpg), as well as 200 grams per km in CO2 emissions.

More importantly, though, is output, which is rated at 435 horsepower and 520 Nm (384 pound-feet) of torque. All that muscle makes it quick, with the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) test done in only 4.5 seconds – solid sports car territory. Toss in the Driver’s package, and top speed looks like 270 km/h (168 mph), also impressive for such a large luxury four-door.

It’s also worth mentioning that the engine is shorter this time around, as Mercedes deleted the ancillary component belt drive. As a result, Merc was able to install the exhaust gas after-treatment system closer to the engine, yielding even higher levels of efficiency.


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“Output is rated at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. All that muscle makes it quick, with the 0-to-62 mph test done in only 4.5 seconds – solid sports car territory.”

Making the connection with the engine is an AMG Speedshift 9G automatic transmission. Merc prides itself on the nine-speed’s short shift times, and the quick-response you get from the shift paddles behind the steering wheel. Stand out features for the transmission include a double-declutching function, plus the ability to execute multiple downshifts at a time. Sport+ is the mode of choice for the most crispiest shifts possible, while the box also offers a fully manual mode for a more hands-on approach to the cog swaps.

After the transmission, power is fed into a fully variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4Matic+ system as standard. This comes with an electro-mechanically controlled clutch, as well as variable torque transfer between the front and rear axles. That means it can go full RWD when needed. Of course, we wouldn’t expect Mercedes to offer a “drift” button to smoke the rear meats on demand – it’s more about optimal grip, rather than burnouts. Pity.

Finally, there are multiple drive modes offered, which can be selected via the Dynamic Select knob in the cabin. The drive modes include names like Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, and the modes affect a variety of systems, branching out into the engine, the transmission, the suspension, and the steering.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger and electric auxiliary compressor
Displacement 2,999 cc
Output 435 HP @ 6,100 RPM
Add. output with EQ Boost 22 HP
Peak torque 384 LB-FT @ 1,800-5,800 RPM
Add. torque with EQ Boost 184 LB-FT
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G
Fuel consumption – combined 8.5 l/100 km
CO2 emissions – combined 201 g/km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.5 s
Top speed 250 km/h (155 mph)

Chassis And Handling

  • Independent air ride suspension components
  • Continuously variable dampers
  • Enormous brakes as standard
  • Self-leveling ride height
  • One-touch nose raise for steeply angled drives
  • Variable-ratio steering

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“The AMG CLS 53 4Matic uses an advanced AMG Ride Control+ system, which offers multi-chamber air dampers to keep it all shiny side up. The damping is adjusted by way of two separate valves for the rebound and compression, and AMG matched it with spring tuning that keeps it feeling appropriately sporty.”

To keep this heavy luxury barge feeling as sprightly as physically possible, Mercedes utilizes a fully independent suspension layout with a multi-link set-up in the rear. The headline in this area is the advanced AMG Ride Control+ equipment, which offers multi-chamber air dampers to keep it all shiny side up. The damping is adjusted by way of two separate valves for the rebound and compression, and AMG matched it with spring tuning that keeps it feeling appropriately sporty. It’s also continuously adjustable for the damping, offering harder settings while cruising through the corners to help reduce the car’s inherent body roll.

The air suspension also offers a self-leveling feature for a consistent ride height “regardless of vehicle load.” Another perk is that the driver can raise the front end on demand to help maneuver up highly angled driveways or whatever else might be in the way. Just hit it with one button touch, and you’ll be good to go. The car will then automatically lower back to the normal ride height as you drive along.

Merc also mentions that there are special steering knuckles in front and new load-bearing joints as well, while extra negative camber was added this time around for crisper turn-in characteristics. Speaking of
turning, there’s an AMG speed-sensitive steering on board as well, offering a variable steering rack ratio and more feedback with the sportier drive modes.

Finally, the brakes are appropriately large for the application, measuring in with 370 mm (14.6-inch) by 36 mm (1.4-inch) discs in front, clamped by four-pot calipers. In back, there are 360 mm (14.2-inch) by 26 mm (1-inch) discs, clamped by single-pot calipers.

Prices


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Official pricing was not announced as of this writing, but it’s probably safe to assume it’ll be around the $80,000 mark, considering the current V-8 powered 550 4Matic starts at $77,650 and the fire-breathing CLS 63 S starts at $108,900.

If so inclined, buyers can act early and get into the Exclusive Edition 1 version. The big ticket item here is the Copper Art interior, which adds the color to various interior bits, with copper-colored contrast stitching for the black nappa leather, plus more added to the instrument panel, armrests, center console, door panels, and floor mats. The center console is also done up with carbon fiber, while a Performance steering wheel, a number of “Edition” badges, 64-color ambient lighting, the Memory and Mirror package, and an IWC analogue clock round it out.

Competition

Audi S7


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Truth be told, Mercedes isn’t alone in offering four-door sports machines with coupe-like roof lines. Audi’s take on the formula is the S7, which comes with a handsome exterior that’s rather understated considering what it’s got in store under the hood – namely a 450-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which sends power to the ground by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system. Properly motivated, the S7 can hit 60 mph in a scant 4.5 seconds, all while coddling passengers in the utmost luxury. Pricing starts at $81,200.

Read our full review on the 2017 Audi S7.

Porsche Panamera


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Despite a rather questionable take on the four-door coupe styling aesthetic, the Porsche Panamera has plenty in reserve when it comes to performance. Buyers get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 sending power exclusively to the rear axle in the base model, but theAWD and twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 in the mid-range model would be a better fit for the AMG CLS. There’s even a hybrid model, if you’re so inclined. If performance and speed are at the top of your priority list, then the Panamera is likely the better buy.

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Panamera.

Conclusion


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The latest Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic is a great example of one of those niche vehicle segments that’s so popular these days. It’s elegant and luxurious, with four doors to get in and out and a well-appointed interior dripping with premium touches. At the same time, it’s sporty and performance-oriented, with loads of go available with every stab of the right pedal and a svelte coupe roof line to boot.

Now, it looks like Merc is stepping down a third path with the model, one that leads towards extra efficiency. Posting a 28-mpg fuel return figure for a machine like this is impressive, and we have no doubt the German brand will look to expand that number in the future.

All told, the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic is a great choice for those looking for something that can do it all. If the price is right, it’s definitely worth a drive.

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    • * More comfortable options already on the table
    • * No V-8 grumble from the exhaust pipes

References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Debuts New AMG Series with CLS53 Model

Mercedes-Benz is making big waves with the brand-new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but the German firm also launched a new AMG series at the U.S. event. The new AMG line wears the 53 designation and debuts on three cars, one of which is the CLS four-door coupe. Introduced a couple of month back, the third-generation CLS was expected to gain a traditional AMG CLS63 version, but it seems we will have to wait a while longer for that model. Instead, we now get to have a look at the CLS53. As you might have already guessed, the CLS53 will slot between the regular CLS and the upcoming beefed-up CLS63.

Unlike the usual 63-badged Mercs, the CLS53 sports a rather subdued look, with only a handful of details setting it apart from the regular model. Up front, the twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, previous a V-8 version feature, is the only tell-tale sign. The grille behind also features a black lattice pattern instead of the familiar diamond layout. The profile is highlighted by slightly more dynamic side skirts and new wheels in 19- or 20-inch designs, while the rear fascia gains a revised apron, twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome, and a spoiler available in carbon-fiber. The 4Matic models gets a few extras, like additional side air curtains, mirrors positioned on the doors (like on AMG GT models).

Exclusive Appointments and up to 457 Horsepower


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“Inside the cabin, you'll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options”

Inside the cabin, you’ll find exclusive appointments and materials and an extended list of options. Highlights include a AMG Performance steering wheel, sports seats with red safety belts, AMG badges, and trim elements in carbon-fiber, glass fiber, or matte silver. Options include Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber, Nappa leather, or Designo upholstery in Macchiato Beige/Magma Grey, Black/Bengal Red, or Espresso Brown/Magma Grey.

The AMG CLS53 gets its juice from a beefed-up version of the standard model’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine. This means it also gets the EQ Boost features, which turns it into a mild hybrid. The mill is rated at 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, a 73-horsepower and 15-pound-foot increase over the regular model. EQ boost adds an extra 22 horses and 184 pound-feet for a total of 457 horsepower and a whopping 568 pound-feet. That’s only 106 horses less than what the upcoming CLS63 is expected to get. And an extra 15 pound-feet of twist. Awesome!


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“Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.”

All that oomph travels to the wheels through a nine-speed, AMG Speedshift transmission and a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at the usual 155 mph.

Stay tuned for a full review of the new CLS53 model.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

After six years on the market with minor changes, the Mercedes-Benz CLS was redesigned and launched in its third-gen configuration in late 2017. Now sporting a more aggressive design with features borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the four-door coupe boasts a more upscale interior borrowed from the E-Class and introduced a brand-new engine for Mercedes-Benz. A high-performance AMG CLS63 version is sure to follow, but word has it that the German firm may not launch a new Shooting Brake model now that station wagons are no longer popular. But until Mercedes says a firm no I’m hoping that the German shooting brake will make a comeback by the end of 2018.

The CLS Shooting Brake is much newer than the four-door coupe it is based on. While the CLS broke cover back in 2004, the Shooting Brake didn’t arrive until 2012, one year after Mercedes introduced the second-generation model. So if Merc decided to axe the nameplate, the CLS Shooting Brake will die after only five years on the market. It would be a shame to lose one of the only two affordable shooting brakes (the other being the CLA) and one of the very few premium wagons still available. You can see why I’m still hoping that the second-gen CLS isn’t the end of the road for this model. We should find out more about the wagon’s future in 2018 but until that happens, let’s find out what it may bring to the market if it survives.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.

Exterior

  • Same design as new CLS
  • More aggressive styling
  • Sporty wagon rear end
  • Unique design compared to other wagons

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“The Shooting Brake model is expected to look identical to the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars”

As seen in the rendering from X-Tomi Design, the Shooting Brake model is expected to look identical to the sedan from the nose to the C-pillars, just like the outgoing model. So the sporty wagon will benefit from the CLS’ redesigned features, including the unique grille that becomes wider toward the base (a feature borrowed from the AMG GT sports car), a forward-slanting nose, and a pair of aggressive looking headlamps with sharp edges. The new engine hood completely surrounded by body surfaces, the large vents in the front bumper, and the new wheels also contribute to the updated look.

Onto the sides, we can see the revised body panels that retain the traditional high, arching waistline, but also the cleaner overall design that gives the four-door a more elegant appearance. The design changes toward toward the back with a revised window layout for the rear doors, the longer, wagon-like roof, and the new quarter windows. Does it look good with the new design? Hell yeah!


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“It's a cool design that has just enough unique features to stand out on the market”

The rendering doesn’t give us a glimpse of the rear section, but things should change significantly here, mostly due to the two-piece taillights. The new units have their inner sections placed on the trunk lid on the four-door coupe, so I’m thinking they should sit on the tailgate here. This should give the CLS Shooting Brake a look that’s more similar to station wagon versions of the C-Class and E-Class, but it probably won’t seem as exotic as its predecessor in the Mercedes lineup.

Still, it’s a cool design that has just enough unique features to stand out on the market.

Interior

  • Interior borrowed from E-Class
  • 12.3-inch displays
  • Jet aircraft-inspired A/C vents
  • Premium materials
  • Exclusive seat design
  • Extensive driver assistance package
  • Larger trunk

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“The interior of the upcoming Shooting Brake will also be identical to the four-door coupe”

The interior of the upcoming Shooting Brake will also be identical to the four-door coupe. The latter borrows the layout from the E-Class, featuring a two-tier design dashboard with an arched lower section and a wide center console. The familiar cluster of four, in-line A/C vents occupy the center section of the lower dash, with a large infotainment screen above. But unlike the E-Class and the S-Class, these vents are shaped like jet aircraft turbines, so you do get something extra.

The 12.3 high-resolution display is reminiscent of the S-Class and it can be combined (optionally) with a similar instrument cluster. In this configuration the screens merge to form a wide-display cockpit under a shared, continuous glass cover. It basically looks like a really wide screen that stretches from the left dash corner to the center section, which is really cool. Below, the center console can be had with open-pore or high-gloss wood trim for a more premium look.


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“The latest CLS also gained seats with an exclusive design with high-quality piping”

The latest CLS also gained seats with an exclusive design that includes high-quality piping. In the back, the individual seats have been replaced by a three-seat bench for the first time, but unlike the four-door, the Shooting Brake already had this configuration because four-seat wagons don’t make much sense. Other features should include the new ambient lighting system with 64 colors, a special A/C setting that briefly changes color to show if temperature is set to make the cabin warmer (red) or cooler (blue), and three display styles for the instrument cluster.

Another new feature is the Energizing Comfort setting that links numerous comfort system to provide a suitable atmosphere. It changes setting for climate control (including fragrancing), seating functions, steering wheel, lighting, and music, with six programs to choose from: Refresh / Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort / Well-Being, and Training. The latter has three additional settings for the seat massage function: muscle relaxation, muscle activation, and balance.


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“The biggest change compared to the regular CLS will be the larger trunk”

New driver assistance system are also on the table for the Shooting Brake. The standard package includes many new features for the CLS, all borrowed from the S-Class, such as Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe. The optional Driver Assistance Package adds Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Safe Plus, and Pre-Safe Impulse Side. Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist help the driver keep a safe distance from the vehicles in front. The speed is now adjusted automatically ahead of bends or junctions.

The biggest change compared to the regular CLS will be the trunk, which will provide significantly more luggage room thanks to the wagon configuration. Granted, it won’t match the E-Class’ capacity due to the sloping roof, but it should provide more room than the C-Class Wagon.

Drivetrain

  • New six-cylinder engine
  • Up to 383 horsepower and 553 pound-feet
  • EQ Boost enhances fuel economy
  • Available all-wheel-drive
  • Air Body Control suspension
  • AMG models possible

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“The EQ Boost provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet over short periods”

The third-gen CLS was unveiled with just one engine and it’s safe to assume that it will be the first option on the Shooting Brake model too. Interestingly enough, Mercedes chose the CLS to debut a brand-new engine instead of just giving it the same units as the E-Class, with which it shares underpinnings. The engine in question is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that features an integrated starter/generator, called EQ Boost, which assists the combustion engine when accelerating and supplies the battery with power by means of high-efficiency recuperation. By doing so it increase fuel efficiency, basically turning the CLS into a hybrid.

EQ Boost also increases performance, enabling the six-cylinder to deliver the performance of an eight-cylinder engine. The 3.0-liter cranks out 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist on its own, while the EQ Boost provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet over short periods. All told, the drivetrain can deliver up to 383 horsepower and a whopping 553 pound-feet of torque in the sedan and it will do the same in the Shooting Brake model.


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“An all-wheel-drive version with 4Matic will also be offered”

Performance ratings aren’t yet available for the sedan, but it should be the most powerful CLS model without an “AMG” badge. If the Shooting Brake becomes a production model, it will be sold as the CLS450 Shooting Brake with this engine. An all-wheel-drive version with 4Matic will also be offered.

The new CLS uses a four-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. A dynamically set-up steel comfort suspension is standard equipment, but the four-door coupe can be equipped with Air Body Control air suspension with adjustable and adaptive damping. The driver is able to select vehicle characteristics from comfortable to sporty using the driving mode switch.

Unlike the four-door coupe, the Shooting Brake model will get more engine options at launch, all likely to come from the E-Class. However, most of them will be offered in Europe only. AMG models with the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 will also be introduced. The CLS63 model will arrive with 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet, while the range-topping CLS63 S version will crank out 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist.

Prices

The current CLS Shooting Brake isn’t available in the U.S., so if Mercedes-Benz decides to build a new wagon it’s very unlikely that it will cross the pond to North America. In Germany, the outgoing Shooting Brake retails from €56,584 and it’s safe to say that pricing could increase to around €58,000 before options.

Competition

The CLS Shooting Brake competes in a niche of its own, as there are no other similar body styles based on midsize vehicles. There are a few shooting brakes available, like the Ferrari GTC4Lusso and the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, but both of them are far too exclusive for the CLS, not to mention more powerful and significantly more expensive. The only other mass-produced shooting brake available is the CLA Shooting Brake, which is decidedly smaller. I guess we could consider the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Audi A6 Avant as competitors for the CLS Shooting Brake but with boxier rear ends and a bit more luggage room. But if you need more luggage room and want a Mercedes-Benz, it’s safer to get the E-Class Wagon. So a comparison with regular wagons doesn’t make much sense but we are still going to take a closer look at the most important German offering.

BMW 5 Series Touring


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Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the 5 Series Touring is based on the latest midsize sedan with updated exterior design and new technology inside the cabin. While not as sleek as the CLS Shooting Brake, the 5 Series Touring is sportier than its predecessor thanks to the brand’s latest design language. The wagon is equally luxurious inside the wagon and the tech package matches that of the CLS. There’s a new iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch screen, all the apps you need, a Parking Assistant feature, and an optional rear seat entertainment system. Motivation comes from four engine options. Two gasoline versions are available: the 530i with the turbo 2.0-liter rated at 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and the 540i with the 3.0-liter inline-six rated at 340 horses and 332 pound-feet. The other two options are diesels. The 520d comes with a 2.0-liter four-banger making 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, while the 530d uses a 3.0-liter inline-six that cranks out 265 horses and 457 pound-feet. Pricing for the 5 Series Touring starts from €48,600 in Germany, but getting the more powerful 540i model will set you back €63,900 before options.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

Conclusion


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Although a wagon by modern standards, the CLS Shooting Brake is a rather exotic proposition due to its sporty roof and aggressive design. However, it’s not as exotic as a Ferrari or a McLaren. It’s not a supercar. Just a sportier wagon that feels weird simply because grocery getters are no longer popular nowadays. This is why Mercedes might not offer a shooting brake version of the third-generation CLS. Yes, at this point the car above is nothing more than a rendering and I wouldn’t hold it against Merc if its decides to skip this model and sell the four-door coupe only. It’s a tough market and the Shooting Brake might not sell enough units to become feasible. But it would be really cool to have, especially with an AMG follow-up.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLS63

It’s been 13 years since Mercedes-Benz invented a new niche with the CLS model, and the four-door coupe entered its third generation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now sporting a more aggressive exterior design with styling cues borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the CLS borrows most of its underpinnings and interior features from the E-Class. In short, it’s a fancier E-Class with a coupe roof and sportier styling, which makes it one of the most exciting Mercs available for 2018. With the four-door coupe on its way to dealerships next year, we’re looking to seeing a brand-new AMG version on public roads by 2019.

Although not yet confirmed by the folks from Stuttgart, a beefed-up variant of the CLS is most definitely in the works. Just like the outgoing model, it should share underpinnings with the AMG E63 sedan and it’s safe to assume that it will be offered in two trims. There will be a “base” CLS63 model and a slightly more powerful CSL63 S version. The new AMG-prepped CLS will go against the existing Audi RS7 and the next-generation model that the German firm is likely to unveil in 2018. It remains to be seen whether there will still be a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to compete with, but the AMG CSL63 will definitely add a bit color to the midsize segment. Let’s find out more about it the speculative review below, which also includes a rendering of the upcoming four-door coupe.

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Exterior

  • Sportier front bumper
  • Larger bumper intakes
  • New rear diffuser
  • “V8” front fender badges
  • Black window trim
  • “AMG badges”

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“The AMG model will have a more aggressive bumper with large outlets onto the sides and a bigger splitter below”

A natural evolution of the previous model, the third-generation CLS is slightly more aggressive than its predecessor even without the AMG treatment. It has a unique grille that becomes wider toward the base (a feature borrowed from the AMG GT sports car), a forward-slanting nose that we don’t see on other big Mercs, and a pair of menacing-looking headlamps. The engine hood is also new, now completely surrounded by body surfaces.

So how can AMG make this CLS sportier up front? Well, it will probably get the usual upgrades, most likely similar to those seen on the AMG E63 model. X-Tomi’s rendering provides a few valuable hints here, as it includes a more aggressive bumper with large outlets onto the sides and a bigger splitter below. The four-door coupe should also get a revised main grille with a thicker horizontal slat with an “AMG” badge.

“The performance division should only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and maybe add a spoiler”

Onto the sides, AMG will do very little to alter the CLS’ sexy looks. The new car retains the high, arching waistline or the original CLS, but it has a cleaner, more elegant appearance now. The low greenhouse with frameless windows and the muscular rear haunches that blend smoothly into the flat rear end complete the unique profile of the sedan. AMG upgrades in this area will be limited to just black window trim as standard, V-8 badges on the front fenders, and exclusive wheels wrapped high-performance tires. Subtle but effective.

Moving around back, AMG will have to deal with the significantly redesigned rear end, now equipped with two-section taillights with sharp edges and a bumper-mounted license plate. The arched decklid and the beefy bumper with vertical vents on each side is still there, so there’s plenty of familiar stuff to work with. But don’t expect to see massive changes from AMG here. The performance division should only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and maybe add a spoiler for optimized aerodynamics.

Needless to say, it would be hard for AMG to ruin the CLS neat looks, so I’m expecting the CLS63 to be the sexiest AMG on the market once it hits dealerships. And it will look great in the bright green color in the rendering.

Interior

  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • New Nappa leather upholstery
  • Aluminum and carbon-fiber trim
  • Sports seats
  • AMG Track Pace app

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Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here.

“AMG-specific upgrades should begin with a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black leather”

The new CLS’ interior is heavily based on the E-Class, so it’s safe to say that the AMG model isn’t much of a mystery. You just have to look inside the AMG E63 and picture all the changes that Mercedes has made for the CLS. In case you haven’t compared the two yet, the CLS comes with new A/C vents in a jet aircraft turbine design, new wood trim, exclusive seats, and the Energizing Comfort feature.

AMG-specific upgrades should begin with a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in black leather and fitted with Touch Control, electroplated shift paddles, and a bezel with the brand’s logo. The regular seats will be replaced by sportier units with improved lateral support. These should be wrapped in the usual black Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber as standard, but the options list should include lighter colors like Nut Brown or Macchiato (with matching door center panels). Mercedes should also offer the AMG Performance seats with integrated headrests.

“The more expensive and powerful CLS63 S model should get additional standard features”

The more expensive and powerful CLS63 S model should get additional standard features, including Nappa leather on top of the dashboard, a 12 o’clock marking on the steering wheel, contrast topstitching, and am AMG crest on the headrests. The seats should get custom piping and grey seatbelts, while the center stack will have a new analogue clock. The standard aluminum trim and the optional carbon-fiber and matte silver glass-fiber inserts should round off the cabin design.

Tech-wise, the AMG CLS63 should benefit from the company’s latest AMG Track Pace app. Introduced to supplement the Racetimer app in the beefed-up E-Class, it enables drivers to analyze and improve their track driving style as well as share their performance with other AMG drivers via social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube. Developed for for Apple iPhones only for now, the app is connected to the on-board race app via WiFi or Bluetooth and gets all vehicle data in real time from the Comand Online infotainment system. The app can also be connected to GoPro cameras so that the driver can make an interactive video of his weekend at the race track.

Drivetrain

  • New 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • 563-horsepower “base” model
  • 603-horsepower CLS63 S version
  • 0 to 60 mph in as quick as 3.3 seconds
  • AMG nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 4Matic all-wheel-drive

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Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here.

“The engine and transmission will likely come from the AMG E63”

Since previous AMG versions of the CLS shared drivetrains with other Mercedes-AMG models, it’s safe to assume that the new variant will do the same. The engine and transmission will likely come from the AMG E63, as it happend before 2017. However, just like the E-Class model ditched the 5.5-liter V-8 in favor for the newer 4.0-liter V-8, the AMG CLS63 will adopt the brand’s more modern powerplant. Output figures should be identical to the sedan, so expect the CLS to come in two flavors: a “base” CLS63 and a range-topping CLS63 S version.

The entry-level version will probably arrive with the same 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque as the AMG E63. This will account for a 13-horsepower and 32-pound-foot increase over the previous 5.5-liter V-8 engine. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should be achieved in around 3.4 seconds with these specs, while top speed will be limited to the usual 155 mph.

“The CLS63 S should cranks out a whopping 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist”

Moving over to the CLS63 S, customers should get access to a more exciting 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist with this model. That’s 18 horses and 37 pound-feet more than the previous car. Hitting 60 mph in this version should take 3.3 seconds, a tenth-second quicker than the CLS63. Top speed should also increase by a whopping 31 mph to 186 mph. Compared to the outgoing model, the new AMG CLS63 will be around two tenths quicker to 60 mph.

Both versions will get AMG’s latest Speedshift nine-speed sport transmission specifically tuned for the CLS. The unit should boast re-engineering hardware and software, which will return quicker shifts and smoother operation. Additionally, it could get the AMG E63’s Drift Mode, which can be engaged by selecting the Race drive setting, deactivating the ESP, and then putting the transmission in Manual mode. This setup will turn the CLS63 into a rear-wheel-drive car.


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“Both models will be exclusively available with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive”

As you might have already guessed, both models will be exclusively available with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system. The system will include fully variable torque distribution on the front and rear axles for optimum traction and will bring smooth transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and back again due to the control unit being integrated into the vehicle system architecture as a whole.

The four-door coupe should also benefit from the cylinder deactivation feature that was introduced with the AMG E63 sedan. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five, and eight are deactivated, lowering fuel consumption. The system also works in the “Comfort” transmission drive program, when the cylinder deactivation system is available from 1,000 to 3,250 rpm. The transition from four to eight-cylinder operation should be “immediate and imperceptible,” so that the passengers do not experience any loss of comfort.

Prices


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With pricing for the regular CLS not yet available, it’s difficult to estimate how much the upcoming AMG version will cost. However, we do know that the CLS is usually a bit more expensive than the E-Class. We also know that the U.S. market usually gets the range-topping S versions only, so the beefed-up CLS is likely to cross the pond in CLS63 S trim only. The outgoing model retails from $108,900, so the new-generation version should cost at least $110,000 before options.

Competition

Audi RS7


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Launched in 2013, the RS7 rose to fame quite rapidly and became the AMG CLS63’s main rival in this small niche. Developed alongside the same guidelines, it sports a unique design in the Audi lineup with a coupe-style roof, a short, notchback-style decklid, and unique taillights. The RS package added larger vents and revised bumpers to the standard A7, but the current Audi is not quite as sporty as the CLS in terms of exterior design. However, it’s pretty potent performance-wise, with its twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 generating 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Audi launched a more powerful version in 2016, called the RS7 Performance and upgraded to 605 horsepower. Just like the AMG CLS63 it has a sports automatic transmission — but with eight speeds instead of nine — and an all-wheel-drive system. A 2015 update added Audi’s latest infotainment system, Matrix LED headlamps, 4G mobile internet, and minor styling tweaks. The second-generation A7 was introduced in 2017, but the RS7 version has yet to be launched. A 2018 release is likely. Pricing for the current RS7 starts from $113,900.

Read our full story on the Audi RS7 and RS7 Performance.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe


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The M6 Gran Coupe was introduced at about the same time as the RS7 as a four-door version of the M6 Coupe. The four-door shares its entire front end with the two-door version, but the rear section was revised to better fit in this niche. Inside the cabin, we can find the same M6 coupe features but with extra room for rear-seat passenger. The sharing continues under the hood, where the Gran Coupe packs the same twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine with 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Less powerful, the Bimmer is also slower than the CLS63, needing 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph, while top speed is limited to 155 mph (unless you get the M Driver Package which increases it to 189 mph). Unfortunately, the Competition Pack developed for the M6 isn’t available for the Gran Coupe, so owner miss out on the 600-horsepower upgrade. The current M6 Gran Coupe retails from $119,800 in the U.S., but the vehicle’s future is uncertain. BMW has already discontinued the 6 Series and word has there won’t be a successor anytime soon, so the Gran Coupe could get the axe too.

Read our full review of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe.

Conclusion


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There’s been a lot of talk about Mercedes-Benz not planning to offer a shooting brake version of the third-generation CLS. That would be sad, especially given that the current market is trading more and more station wagons for crossovers, especially in the U.S., but the AMG version is more than likely to continue. And by bringing a new AMG CLS63, Mercedes will be doing the right thing, as the latest four-door coupe is one of the most exciting Mercs out there in terms of design. The AMG version would be the four-door AMG GT we’ve been asking for so long now, with the gorgeous, sporty looks backed by a powerful drivetrain and solid performance.

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References

Mercedes-Benz E-Class


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Mercedes-AMG E63


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



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PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Five Cool CLS Models Mercedes-Benz Should Definitely Build

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is here and it cooler than ever. It’s sleeker, sportier, and stands out alongside any other Mercedes car thanks to its unique styling cues. It has a brand-new engine too, making it the first time when Mercedes debuts such a feature through the CLS. With the four-door coupe now official, there’s a lot of talk as to what versions will follow. Will there be a high-performance AMG model? How about a shooting brake in both standard and AMG guises?

We’ve seen these variants before, so it’s only natural to think that Mercedes-Benz will keep them alive for the third-generation. But are we getting new versions too? Like a coupe, or maybe a convertible? How about a pickup-style version with a big bed behind the cabin? Sounds pretty crazy, right? Okay, the Germans probably won’t go that far, but a new batch of renderings suggests that the CLS would look awesome in various body styles. The pictures come from X-Tomi Design and include five different CLS-based models. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Mercedes-AMG CLS63


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“The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018”

This is an obvious one and the CLS version that’s most likely to be launched in the near future. We might see it in the metal in less than a year at one of the major auto shows in 2018. We have a rendering of our own of this model, but this one is a bit cooler since it’s finished in Merc’s bonkers bright, metallic green color. There are no surprises here design-wise. Up front, we can see a more aggressive bumper borrowed from the AMG GT sports car and minor changes to the grille. The sides sport the usual AMG upgrades, including bi-color rims, a lowered ride height, carbon-fiber mirror caps, and front fender badges. Around back, we should see a more menacing diffuser.

“The AMG CLS63 S will be the most exciting CLS out there”

But the really big change will happen under the hood. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine will make way for the already familiar 4.0-liter V-8 from the AMG division. Output will probably be similar to the E63 model, so expect the CLS63 to arrive with 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph in this model should take around 3.5 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. The range-topping AMG CLS63 S will get even more oomph, with the twin-turbo V-8 likely rated at 604 horses and 630 pound-feet. With a 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.4 clicks and a top speed limited to 186 mph, this version will be the most exciting CLS out there.

Does if fit on the market?

Definitely! While BMW doesn’t offer such a powerful version of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the AMG CLS63 has big battles to fight with the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Will it go into production?

Absolutely! All previous generations of the CLS had AMG versions and this model will be no exception this rule. The AMG CLS63 will break cover sometime in 2018. A Detroit launch isn’t very likely, but we could see it break cover in Geneva or at the Paris Motor Show next autumn.

CLS Shooting Brake


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“Much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons”

Although the CLS was introduced in 2004, the Shooting Brake version wasn’t offered until 2012, during the second-generation model. It’s among the very few modern shooting brakes available out there, and it would be great news if the third-gen CLS gained a similar version. Much like the previous variant, the new CLS Shooting Brake would be identical to the sedan from the nose to the B-pillars. The most notable change would be the longer roof, the revised rear doors, and the quarter window. Around back, it would gain a tailgate and a bigger trunk. Despite the wagon-like body, the Shooting Brake will look sleeker and feel sportier than the E-Class Wagon. And much like its predecessor, it would have a unique place among station wagons.

Will it fit on the market?

The CLS Shooting Brake is pretty much a lone ranger. There are no other shooting brakes in the midsize market and we won’t see new models anytime soon. Automakers have been replacing most wagons with crossovers in recent years and very few of them still have any interest in long-roofed cars. But this hasn’t stopped the CLS Shooting Brake from making an impression and posting decent sales figures for what it is. The third-gen model would likely benefit from similar enthusiasm, especially if Mercedes will also make an AMG version.

Will it go into production?

Word has it that Merc doesn’t want a new CLS Shooting Brake, due to slow sales and customers losing interest in wagon cars. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans will shelve the shooting brake, but until further notice it’s safe to assume that we won’t get one very soon. Should Mercedes decide it wants one, expect the CLS Shooting to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019, most likely alongside an AMG variant.

CLS Coupe


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“It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features”

I know, the “CLS Coupe” name feels a bit redundant since the CLS is described as a four-door coupe, but we’re talking about a two-door version here. Yeah, it’s basically identical to the four-door front and rear, with the rear doors removed. Instead, we can see a slightly shorter wheelbase and a quarter window that helps the car maintain the sleek roof of the four-door version. It looks downright gorgeous with those sexy CLS features and that aggressive front end!

Will it fit on the market?

Given that the CLS is built on the same platform as the E-Class and that the latter already has a coupe version, the CLS Coupe would be a redundant model. Mercedes will basically have the coupe of the same size and with similar drivetrain in showrooms. Cannibalism at its best! However, the current market has a lot of strange trends going around. With the CLS having survived alongside the E-Class sedan for so many years, the coupes could get along as well. But is Mercedes willing to take the risk?

Will it go into production?

Most certainly not! Mercedes may be open to experimentation but the CLS Coupe isn’t a car that it needs right now. The E-Class Coupe is about the same size and a two-door version of the CLS would split sales to the point where both models would be pointless. Perhaps the CLS Coupe would be a great replacement for the E-Class Coupe since the former doesn’t look like a shrunken S-Class Coupe, but the midsize is virtually brand-new and replacing it this soon is out of the question. What’s more, the E-Class Coupe is an established nameplate and the CLS Coupe would need some serious marketing to get up there.

CLS Cabriolet


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“Where there's a coupe, there must be a convertible model”

Where there’s a coupe, there must be a convertible model. It’s probably what X-Tomi thought when designing the CLS Coupe, so we also got a topless model. Needless to say, it’s downright gorgeous with the CLS’ sleek design features, but I’m not really sure about that rear end. The flat but sloping decklid might not be suitable for a convertible design and this is pretty noticeable in the rendering. But I could be done with a significant alteration of the rear end and I’m sure Mercedes has the means to come up with a solid look.

Will it fit on the market?

It’s the same story as with the CLS Coupe. Will it looks appealing and would get a fan base, the CLS Cabriolet would compete in the same market as the E-Class Cabriolet. So there’s not much room for such a model.

Will it go into production?

It won’t go into production unless Mercedes decides to build the CLS Coupe. And as I argued above, that’s not something that will happen anytime soon. I’d very much like to see a two-door CLS replace the E-Class, but as I mentioned before, it’s all about having a traditional badge. A four-door CLS Cabriolet would be cool though.

CLS Pickup (Ute)


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“A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right?”

A small pickup based on the CLS? Insane, right? It certainly seems so, but I must admit it’s a pretty cool idea. There are couple of things in this rendering that I don’t like, such as the short doors and the quarter rear cabin that’s too round for my taste, but everything else looks alright. And needless to say, this thing would look even better with an AMG package.

Will it fit on the market?

Well, the CLS Pickup would be a brand-new type of vehicle so it will start yet another new niche for Mercedes-Benz. Granted, it’s not the kind of vehicle that would become very popular, but you can’t buy anything like it at the moment, especially since Holden ended all Australian production and discontinued the Commodore Ute. Speaking of which, the CLS Pickup will most likely become popular in Australia and New Zealand, where it could be sold as the CLS Ute. An AMG version would make things that much better. The latter could also become a hit in the United States, where enthusiasts have been clamoring for a modern Chevrolet El Camino for decades now. So yeah, as silly as it may sound, a pickup version of the CLS would be popular on at least two major markets, albeit still in a low-volume segment.

Will it go into production?

Unfortunately, it won’t. It would be very cool, but no automaker is willing to make pickups based on cars nowadays. The Chevy El Camino, Ford Ranchero, and the Holden Commodore Ute belong in the past, and they will remain there for years to come, if not for eternity.

References

Mercedes-Benz CLS


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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.



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PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes CLS Leaked Ahead of L.A. Debut

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is almost up on us with a heap of new production cars and concept vehicles. And as it usually happens, a few models are surfacing the Web earlier than planned via leaked photos. The next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is one of them, with four early pictures showing the four-door coupe’s design inside and out. Details as to what lurks under the hood or the technology we may find inside the cabin aren’t yet available, but we can now take a good look at its styling. And needless to say, it’s just as I expected it to be.

The new CLS is actually almost identical to our renderings, at least when it comes to the front fascia, anyway. Sure, the car in the photos doesn’t feature the “Panamericana” grille that we used in our rendering (it should be offered as an option though), but the headlamps and the bumper are exactly as we envisioned them. The headlamps are more angular than the usual Mercedes unit and extend toward the front fender wheel arches. The grille is as large as the one seen on the AMG GT sports car, while the three-piece bumper vent has horizontal slats on the sides and a honeycomb grille in the middle.

The car’s profile brings together cues from the previous CLS and the current S-Class. While the sexy, arched beltline of the old CLS is still there, it’s not as pronounced on the new car. This gives the four-door a bit more elegance while keeping it sportier than the full-size sedan. The rear section is again similar to our rendering, but you need to keep in mind that our version is actually an AMG, so ignore the decklid spoiler and the more aggressive diffuser. We did mess up the taillights a bit, as the actual units aren’t as angular toward the fenders, but the shape is there. And needless to say, the CLS sports unique taillights.

But what about the cabin?

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E-Class Interior with a Twist


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“The shape of the dash, the way the A/C vents are positioned, and the large instrument cluster and infotainment display all point out to the midsize sedan.”

There’s only one photo of the interior, but it gives a good, clean look at the dashboard, door panels, and the center console – basically, everything we need. Not surprisingly, the CLS’ cabin is very similar to other Mercedes cars, and especially the E-Class. The shape of the dash, the way the A/C vents are positioned, and the large instrument cluster and infotainment display all point out to the midsize sedan. The same goes for the center console, which features the same controls, the analog clock in the middle, the storage compartment, and gear selector. Even the door panels are identical.

The steering wheel is the only feature that sets the CLS apart. While also a three-spoke unit, it has different controls on the side spokes, while the lower spoke is narrower and has thicker bars. Overall, it looks a bit sportier. The trim is also different, bringing together light colored wood and bright blue accents. The same accents are visible on the A/C vents. This trim is likely from a special launch model, so it’s safe to assume that the CLS will be offered with a more appropriate dark upholstery as well.


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No word on drivetrains yet, but it’s safe to assume that the four-door coupe will get a V-6 in the U.S. Europe could also get a four-cylinder, as well as a V-6 diesel. AMG versions with V-8 engines are likely to follow. The new CLS will break cover tomorrow, so make sure you stay tuned for more information and a full review.

References

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Introduced in 2010, the current Mercedes-Benz CLS is getting a bit long in the tooth. Now that the German firm has already launched the new E-Class on redesigned underpinnings, it’s time for the CLS to get a makeover too. Spotted on public roads several times over the last few months, the third-generation CLS is still under camouflage, but on its way to an official unveiling by the end of year. Not much is known about the upcoming four-door coupe, but the spy shots suggests that the new CLS will once again be based on the E-Class.

The midsize sedan was redesigned in 2016 and received new underpinnings, an S-Class inspired design, and the company’s latest technology. It’s safe to assume that the CLS will get similar features, while the styling appears to blend the appearance of the E-Class with minor touches from the AMG GT sports car. The third-generation CLS is expected to retain the main features of its predecessors, which pair the strong, emotive stance of a coupe with the comfort and practicality of a four-door sedan. First launched in 2004, the CLS invented a new niche and enjoyed the glory on its own for around five years, until Audi, BMW, and Porsche developed their own offerings.

Updated 10/12/2017: Our spy photographers caught the third generation Mercedes CLS parked somewhere in Germany hiding basically just the lights.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Spy Shots

October 12, 2017 – Mercedes CLS caught wearing no camouflage


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August 24, 2017 – Mercedes CLS starts dropping camouflage


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Rendering


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Our rendering includes all the details spotted in the spy shots, but we decided to do the AMG version instead of the regular model. To create the next-gen AMG CLS63, our designer added a more aggressive front bumper with larger vents, exclusive wheels, “V8 Biturbo” badges on the front fenders, a trunk lid spoiler, and a sportier diffuser with quad tailpipes.

Exterior


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While early test cars were covered in swirly, black-and-white camo front to rear, the latest prototypes reveal more and are wrapped in thinner covers, so many of CLS’ main features are very visible. Up front, we can see the already familiar diamond grille with the big horizontal wings in the middle and the large roundel for the three-pointed star. However, the wider lower section of the grille is a clear sign that Mercedes looked at the AMG GT’s Panamericana grille for inspiration.

“The new CLS seems heavily based on the E-Class, but also sports features seen on the AMG GT sports car”

The shape of the bumper suggests that the lower grille, which is as wide as the main opening, is flanked by large outlets, likely aggressively shaped toward the headlamps. The latter are smaller than any other Mercedes-Benz in production right now. Granted, all CLS models had small headlamps compared to their relatives, but the Germans went with slender, aggressive units that remind of the AMG GT sports car. The hood seems to be almost flat with no bulges or other notable features, but this should work well with the clean, low-slung profile of the vehicle.

“The D-pillar is as raked as it should be on a CLS, while the deck lid is short and the rear fascia has a notable angle”

Speaking of which, the next-gen sedan continues to share the arched beltline and the low roof of its predecessors. The D-pillar is as raked as it should be on a CLS, while the deck lid is short and the rear fascia has a notable angle. So far, everything seems to be in order and its appears that Mercedes-Benz will keep the tradition alive with the third-generation model. I’m not particularly fond of the wheels and I think that the sedan needs larger rims, but this should be fixable by selecting optional rollers.


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Around back, there’s a hint of E- and S-Class coupe, while slender, long taillights that stretch from the outer bumpers well into the trunk lid. Of course, the main difference here is that the fascia is heavily raked toward the cabin, giving the CLS its unique look in the lineup. The bumper seems to be similar to other large Mercedes cars. Things are plain and simple and the exhaust pipes are integrated just below, but the overall look is elegant and worthy of the badge.

There’s no doubt that we will see the small but important changes and defining features when the camo is removed, but until then, it looks like Mercedes-Benz did a nice job design-wise.

Interior


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It’s not very often that our paparazzi manage to snap shots of the interior, but they made it this time. We got just one picture, but it’s enough to confirm what we already know: that the CLS cabin will be heavily based on current design language that we already saw in the E- and S-Class. The clock placed lower in center stack rather than between the A/C is a solid hint that the E-Class was used as inspiration here, but the overall layout is actually common to all current Mercedes-Benz sedans, including the compact C-Class.


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“The CLS cabin will be heavily based on current design language that we already saw in the E- and S-Class”

There aren’t many features that set the CLS apart. The center console is pretty much identical to the E-Class, including the gear shifter an the A/C controls. The dashboard is very similar too, with the instrument cluster and infotainment displays placed next to each other. However, there are certain elements that make the CLS unique. For starters, the A/C vents have a propeller-like design Granted, it’s not as elegant as the horizontal-slat layout in the other sedans, but it has a nice, sporty vibe to it. The sedan is also fitted with green ambient lighting, which makes the center console, lower dashboard, and A/C vents look as if they have similar highlights. I’m a big fan of green and I kinda wish they would.

Everything else seems to be standard E-Class business, but more unique features should surface as the vehicle moves closer to production.

Drivetrain


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Note: engine of the current CLS pictured here

“Just like the outgoing model, the new CLS will ride on the same underpinnings as the E-Class”

Just like the outgoing model, the new CLS will ride on the same underpinnings as the E-Class. The most recent version of the sedan uses a significantly lighter platform and a redesigned suspension system. The engine should also come from the new E-Class, but it’s safe to assume that the CLS won’t get the lower output drivetrains.

Chances are that Mercedes-Benz will skip the 181- and 208-horsepower versions of the 2.0-liter inline-four and pick the 242-horsepower and 270-pound-feet variant in the E300 as the base model. More oomph will come from the E400, which should get the 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 328 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of twist. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system will be available for both models.

“A 350e hybrid model with 208 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist is a possibility”

While an AMG CLS43 version with the V-6 rated at 396 horses and 384 pound-feet is a possibility, the new CLS will most definitely get the AMG 63 package with the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The regular model should have 563 horsepower and 550 pound-feet, while the S version will come with 604 horses and 630 pound-feet.

A 350e hybrid model with 208 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of twist is a possibility, but Mercedes-Benz could choose to keep electric motors out of the CLS for the time being.

Moving over to diesels, the Germans should offer the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but will probably skip the base 150-horsepower version and offer the 220d variant with 191 horses and 300 pound-feet. The second, more powerful variant will get the engine from the E350d, which is a 3.0-liter V-6 good for 254 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of twist.

Prices

Pricing for the new-generation model should increase slightly. The outgoing sedan is now priced from $66,900, but the final sticker of the upcoming model will depend on what version will be used as a base offering. A similarly-equipped four-door coupe should retail from around $68,000. As far as the AMG version goes, expect it to cost a bit more than $100,000.

Competition

Audi A7


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Launched in 2010, the A7 was the first response to the CLS in the premium market. Slotted between the A6 and A8, the A7 has a similar configuration, being a four-door sedan with a sporty, sloping roofline. On top of the exclusive exterior features, the A7 gets the latest technology inside the cabin. As you’d expect from a large vehicle wearing the four rings, the interior is also wrapped in premium materials with all sorts of bespoke options available via the company’s customizing division. The engine lineup is somewhat similar to the CLS, with no drivetrain delivering less than 200 horsepower. The base model gets a 2.8-liter V-6 with 204 horses and 207 pound-feet, while the U.S.-spec version gets the 3.0-liter V-6 with 310 horses and 325 pound-feet. The performance range includes the S7 and RS7, both using the 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo. Output for these variants is rated at 420 and 560 horsepower, respectively. Moving over to the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel, power ratings start at 204 horsepower and 295 pound-feet and go all the way up to 313 horses and 479 pound-feet. Pricing for the A7 starts from $68,800, while the S7 retails from $79,900. Going with the RS7 will set you back $110,700 before options.

Find out more about the 2017 Audi A7.

BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo


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In 2012, BMW joined this battle with the 6 Series Gran Coupe, which is essentially a sleeker version of the 7 Series, but with 6 Series styling. However, BMW made some awkward decisions recently and decided to discontinue the 6 Series. The Gran Coupe model is still available in showrooms as of October 2017, but it will be retired for good in 2018. Meanwhile, BMW launched the 6 Series Gran Turismo as a replacement for the slightly smaller 5 Series Gran Turismo. Although the GT model isn’t as sleek as the Gran Coupe due to its hatchback-style layout, it’s the closest thing to the CLS you can buy from BMW in terms of size. But despite wearing a “6 Series” badge, the Gran Turismo is a 5 Series inside the cabin, as well as under the hood. Motivation comes from three different drivetrains, starting with a turbo, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a 3.0-liter inline-six that cranks out 340 horses and 332 pound-feet. The third unit is a diesel, also a 3.0-liter inline-six that delivers 265 horsepower and an impressive 457 pound-feet of twist. Pricing for the 6 Series Gran Turismo starts from $69,700.

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Porsche Panamera


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Unveiled for the 2010 model year, the Panamera is Porsche’s first ever sedan and fits the bill as a competitor for the CLS. Its 911-inspired exterior is sporty in just about any trim, while the interior is as premium as they get. Redesigned in 2016, the Panamera became significantly more aggressive and gained state-of-the-art tech that puts it at the top of its segment. Also the only car in this niche available with an extended wheelbase, the Panamera can be had with a selection of V6 and V-8 engines. The 2.9-liter V-6 in the 4S model cranks out 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet, while the 4.0-liter, biturbo V-8 in the Turbo model is good for 550 horses and 567 pound-feet of twist. Additionally, the 4 E-Hybrid model, which pairs the V-6 to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery delivers 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. More oomph is available with the Turbo S E-Hybrid, which is rated at a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts from $85,000 for the V-6 version and from $150,000 for the Turbo. The E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid start from $99,600 and the $184,400, respectively.

Read more about the 2018 Porsche Panamera.

Conclusion


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Although not much of a mystery as far as design, technology, and drivetrains go, the third-generation CLS is still a long way from becoming a production model and it’s early to say how it will behave against the competition. However, if the new platform underpinning the E-Class is any indication, the CLS should be the lightest, sportiest four-door coupe in its class. The bad news is that Mercedes-Benz may have already decided to discontinue the shooting brake version.

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References

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Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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Update History

Updated 05/03/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Mercedes CLS. Check it out and let us know what do you think about it.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS

Introduced in 2010, the current Mercedes-Benz CLS is getting a bit long in the tooth. Now that the German firm has already launched the new E-Class on redesigned underpinnings, it’s time for the CLS to get a makeover too. Spotted on public roads several times over the last few months, the third-generation CLS is still under camouflage, but on its way to an official unveiling by the end of year.

Not much is known about the upcoming four-door coupe, but the spy shots suggests that the new CLS will once again be based on the E-Class. The midsize sedan was redesigned last year and received new underpinnings, an S-Class inspired design, and the company’s latest technology. It’s safe to assume that the CLS will get similar features, while the styling appears to blend the appearance of the E-Class with minor touches from the AMG GT sports car.

The third-generation CLS is expected to retain the main features of its predecessors, which pair the strong, emotive stance of a coupe with the comfort and practicality of a four-door sedan. First launched in 2004, the CLS invented a new niche and enjoyed the glory on its own for around five years, until Audi, BMW, and Porsche developed their own offerings. Needless to say, Mercedes-Benz wants to stay on top with the new CLS and these new spy shots suggest that the upcoming coupe is up for the task.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition

It was just a year ago that we learned Mercedes was killing off the CLS Shooting Brake, but as far as we know the next-gen CLS coupe will go on sale for the 2018 model year. Be that as it may, Mercedes has decided to launch a Final Edition of the CLS Shooting Brake. Why? Well, considering the CLS Shooting Brake performed poorly in the U.S. and China sales-wise, why not try to weasel as much money as possible out of the few who liked it, right? Furthermore, now that the CLS Coupe is also getting a “Final Edition,” it makes one wonder whether or not Merc will drop the CLS line altogether. We’ll worry about that later, though.

For now, we’ll talk a little bit about this final edition. According to Mercedes (despite the poor sales factor,) the CLS line has “long been established among customers as style icons.” Ola Kӓllenius, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and the person responsible for MB car sales, said, “We’ve produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With high-tech ingredients such as the innovative Multibeam LED headlamps, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the modern multimedia system, they appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”

With that said, the CLS Final Edition models feature some several optional features as standard equipment to go with a few AMG touches here and there. So, let’s take a look at the Final Edition model and see what it’s all about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS Final Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLS 500 PD550 Black Edition Stealth By M&D Exclusive

The irony of this aftermarket program getting the nickname “Stealth” isn’t lost on any of us, especially after one look at what M&D Exclusive did to the car. For the record, the car in question is a Mercedes-Benz CLS 500, a model that sits pretty high up there in the Mercedes hierarchy. You would think that a tuner would only build a low-key program for such a model, but that’s not how the minds of the braintrust over there at M&D Exclusive are wired. Instead of just giving the first-gen CLS 500 a nice retouch or two, it went completely in the other direction.

This is the CLS PD550 Black Edition Stealth, and despite what the name suggests, it doesn’t look stealthy at all. I get the whole intention was to create a military-inspired program and there are hints that point to that. But, the combination of the white, black, and orange camouflage body wrap doesn’t really say “stealthy” at all. Then there’s the engine modification. It’s impressive in its own right, but again, the extra horses M&D Exclusive managed to add to the car’s 4.7-liter turbo engine doesn’t inspire discussions of subtlety.

To be clear, this is an impressive program, especially for a car that’s been around for more than 10 years. I just don’t see why it’s called “Stealth” when in truth, it inspires so much attention it’s hard to take your eyes off of it. The program succeeds in that regard and, for what it’s worth, the name isn’t as important as the knick knacks that the tuning firm added to make the CLS 500 look and perform like the modern-day version of itself.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Kills Third-Generation CLS Shooting Brake

It is true that, for a while there, German luxury carmakers were going a little bit crazy with all of the different body styles being offered. There has to be a point at which inventing new niches becomes counterproductive, but some of the cars produced in this frenzy were genuinely appealing. One of these was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, an attractive wagon version of the Mk2 CLS. Still essentially a wagon, this version of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS had more flowing lines and appealing curves, hence the use of the name “Shooting Brake” to denote its role as something other than an ordinary wagon.

Plans were drawn up for a replacement to debut alongside the next generation of the CLS sedan in 2018, but it has now apparently been dropped from the lineup due to a lack of interest from the U.S. and China. Something like this was coming eventually; the boom in body styles would eventually run out of customers, and the Germans would have to take a moment to evaluate which ones were working and which ones weren’t, but it’s a shame to see this one get the chop when uglier models continue on in production.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes has already laid out most of its new naming scheme, but we noticed some obvious gaps, so we filled them in and speculated on each model.

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes new naming strategy.

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 5 December 2014 14:00 EST.

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