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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz has today confirmed Australian pricing and specifications for the new-generation CLS-Class saloon.

The self-proclaimed four-door coupé will be available in three model grades; the CLS 350, CLS 500 and CLS 63 AMG.

The new three-car CLS-Class receives only subtle revisions to its exterior styling but improved levels of standard equipment.

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class pricing

On the outside, LED technology is now deployed for the brake lamps, tail lamps and side mirror-mounted indicator lamps whilst the radiator grille, rear apron, tail lights and tail pipes have all been improved.

The three models retain their engine specifications: the 200 kW CLS 350 V6, the powerful 285 kW CLS 500 V8 and the CLS 63 AMG, powered by a 6.3-litre aluminium V8, which boasts 378 kW.

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class pricing

CLS 350

Pricing for the 200 kW CLS 350 moves to $143,900 (up $3,000 from $140,900). The new-generation of this V6 model gains four popular optional extras as standard equipment:

  • Harman/Kardon LOGIC7® 510 Watt surround sound system with 12 loudspeakers (including subwoofer) and additional amplifier
  • In-car TV tuner (for both analogue and digital television)
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors
  • Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class pricing

CLS 500

The new-generation CLS 500 is priced at $182,400 (up from the current $179,400). The new-generation version of this 285 kW V8 stunner gains the following additional equipment as standard:

  • Multi-contour front seats for enhanced comfort and adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class pricing

CLS 63 AMG with AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC

The new-generation is priced at $257,800 (up from the current price of $253,800) and gains the following additional standard equipment:

  • DISTRONIC autonomous intelligent cruise control
  • Luxury front seats with heating and ventilation settings
  • KEYLESS-GO automatic lock/unlock and drive authorisation
  • 19-inch AMG light alloy wheels
  • AMG performance steering wheel
  • Universal media interface connections for a variety of electronic entertainment devices

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class pricing

This optimised version of the CLS-Class will be in Australian showrooms from mid-May.