2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS details released

Mercedes-Benz Australia has released details of the all-new CLS range heading to local showrooms later this month. The range will launch with the CLS 350 CDI and the almighty CLS 63 AMG. Later in the year we will also see the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY.
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The all-new CLS is based on the current generation E-Class platform and gains a whole variety of new features. From the front, the model has taken inspiration from Mercedes' top of the range SLS AMG, sporting an aggressive yet classy design. In addition, the new CLS gains the benefit of full LED headlamps, thanks to 71 individual LEDs.

The rear has also seen its share of changes with more prominent flared wheel arches and totally new design. From the outside, the new model is still very much a CLS, but one ready to take the model range well into the next decade.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS range benefits from a range of new technologies such as the Active Blind and Lane Assist, helping warn the driver if there is another vehicle in its blind spot or if the car inadvertently drifts over a solid white line it will take preventative measures to correct course and bring it back in line.

An all-new feature to the Mercedes-Benz stable is the electromechanical power steering system which will make its debut in the new CLS. According to Mercedes the new feature makes for "a new and radical contribution to the relationship between driver, car and road" as it has given engineers the freedom to fine tune and manually program many of the intricate parameters which determine steering feel. The system also helps save about 0.3L/100km of fuel, as it doesn't need to stress the engine when it's not steering.

The CLS' suspension has been updated to makes use of a three-link front axle suspension as already seen in the current E-Class. Although based on the E-Class, the system has been tuned just for the CLS' unique qualities. The rear makes do with a multi-link system (also found in E-Class).

Prices have been reduced as well, with the CLS 63 now $263,500 (previously $281,660).

CarAdvice is attending the launch of the new CLS in late June, stay tuned for a full review.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (Diesel)
2,987cc, 6-cylinder, 195 kW, 620 Nm
Direct-injection, turbocharged
7G-TRONIC PLUS (7-speed Automatic)
6.2 L / 100 km Combined cycle (ADR 81/02) 163 g CO2 p/k
$159,200 (MLP)

Mercedes-Ben CLS 63 AMG
5,461cc, 8-cylinder, 386 kW, 700 Nm
Direct-injection, Bi-turbo
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (7-speed Automatic)
10.0 L / 100km Combined cycle (ADR 81/02), 233 g CO2 p/km
$263,500 (MLP)

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