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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


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.

  • coconut wireless

    man, the car is ugly or what!!!! if people are going to go googoo gaagaa and pay silly money for this, you should have a look at the AU falcon – they look of same design..

    boy, AU falcon design was so ahead of its time…

  • No Name

    Coco – the CLS has been round a few years now and is quite popular with the execs wanting something a bit more sporty than a S class barge. Comparing a Ford and a Falcon in the same sentence is pure nonsense.

  • stfu

    coco-yea you and your bogan ride…

  • Joober

    I agree with coco somewhat, tho popular, the shape (sloping downwards on both ends) remind me of those ford taurus mid 90’s – late 90’s ones, to me this particular model is one of the uglier one in Mercs stable.

  • Jase

    Coco- The CLS and the AU falcon do not have a similar design, just because the rear lights of the CLS have a similar shape to the AU falcon doesn’t mean you can compare the two vehicles

  • http://realcarsbigpond.net.au realcars

    All the luxury cars looking like AUs. Better hold onto mine as it should appreciate.LOL

  • Bavarian Missile

    I luvvvvv these,much better looking than BMWs 7 series.

  • coconut wireless

    haha, mate I am not comparing the Merc and AU falcon but talking about the design language.. people like you bagged the AU falcon when it was released and now when similar design language is used by German cars you guys are going googoo gaagaa. Give our Ford Aust a chance man or else with constant negative comments about the company will result in Mitsubishi like closure. Buy Aussie products and keep our bogans brothers and sisters job in oz..

    anyways you are paying for the badge when buying Merc, BWMs. Get a Lexus or flacon GE6 turbo – cheaper and more reliable. :)

  • Mitch

    i love the look, but i think the passat cc will be a better buy

  • weirluo

    Man, this car looks ugly. Not because I can’t afford one within 3 years but it does a better job than Subaru in terms of attracting those with visual impairs. I drove a Subaru, but it’s fine to be ugly because it’s a bargain for a reliable and AWD car. But this, whoever buys one, I have to say silly car driven by silly man, or a “women”.

  • http://caradvice.com.au OSU811

    Its a lot of money for a lux car with a cramped back seat
    weirluo you are right ,you would be much better of with a 3.0rb liberty for a fraction of the cost,just as many features, performance and safety for a fraction of the cost…..

  • Duck

    Weirlou says on the 2nd of May, 2008 at 2:12pm

    “But this, whoever buys one, I have to say silly car driven by silly man, or a “women”.”

    Id have to disagre. Im a male mate and i’d have it and im not a silly man either!

    Some of the comments are silly you say like the one at the Land Rover article going off at Anthony for no reason, just because he made one little typo. Grow up mate!

  • Duck

    Oh, no sorry Weirluo i spelt your name Weirlou, im very sorry.


  • Garry

    Had a look at my friends new ML320 TD very nice car,nice interior,luxury leather seats ok to drive BUT my Hyundai V6 Tucson has a far better build quality and ride I was amazed at how bad and tinny this Merc was I think he paid about $90000 for this peice of crap.

  • neurosurgeon

    This car is much executive,royal and ministry.

  • Michael

    What the hell? LOL. Unless I’m missing, since when the hell does the cls, besides the amg versions, cost more than 100k? As far as I know, a brand new cls costs around 75 grand.