The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a series of automobile models assembled by DaimlerChrysler in Sindelfingen, Germany. It is Mercedes-Benz’s newest sedan since the debut of the E-Class in 1995. The class was first offered for sale in Europe in autumn 2004.Marketed as a ’four door coupe,’ the CLS recalls the fastback sedan designs of Robert Opron in the 1970’s. According to a Mercedes-Benz press release, the CLS-class was produced to combine the "strong, emotive charisma" of a coupe with the "comfort and practicality" of a sedan.
After the first images surfaced this morning, Mercedes has brought the official details on the Concept Shooting Break that will make its world debut at Auto China 2010. The concept is a preview version of the CLS-Class Station Wagon model, but it also represents a clear indication of the further emotional appeal of the Mercedes design idiom.
The concept’s exterior is defined by a long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows and a dynamic roof. A first on a Mercedes model are the full LED headlamps divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom with a total of 71 LEDs. The concept sits on large 20-inch sterling silver wheels, featuring a special bionically arranged five-spoke filigree design.
Under the hood Mercedes placed its latest V-engine generation: a 3.5 liters V6 engine that produces 306 HP with a maximum torque of 370 Nm.
On the interior the concept gets natural wood and leather materials and a large full-length center console.
"The Concept Shooting Break is based on the great tradition of a stylish, cultivated sportiness which has always characterised the great Mercedes Coupés, and it takes this unique legacy an exciting step further", explains Professor Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it points the way towards the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz."
The Mercedes Shooting Break Concept - a station wagon version for the CLS-Class - will make its world debut later this week at the Beijing motor show. But like usual, the first images surfaced a little bit earlier. The production version - internally known as the X218 - will compete with models like the forthcoming Audi A7 and the BMW 5-series GT. "The Shooting Break is based on a tradition of cultivated sportiness," said Gorden Wagener, chief designer at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it points the way towards the further development of the design idiom of Mercedes."
The Shooting Brake concept is 4960mm long, 1950mm wide and 1444mm tall and will feature a new gaping grille (same as in the new SLS AMG), headlamps with 71 LED units, a heavily angled rear window, top-hinged tailgate and large LED-enhanced tail-lights.
The Mercedes Shooting Break will be offered with a new range of V6 and V8 engines: a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 306 HP and a twin-turbocharged 4,6 liter V8 engine that will deliver 435 hp. Next to them Mercedes will also offer two diesel engines: a twin-turbo 2.1-liter, four-cylinder unit with 204bhp and a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 231bhp. All the engines will be mated to a new 7G-tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The next generation CLS-Class Mercedes will not only bring a Shooting Brake version, but also an AMG version. And while we have seen many spy shots of the standard version, the AMG version was caught testing for the first time. It will go on sale in 2011 and will compete with the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Aston Martin Rapide, and the future Audi S7.
The 2011 CLS 63 AMG will be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine delivering a total of 525 hp mated to a Speedshift MCT 7-speed gearbox. It will be distinguished by a standard CLS by new sport, improved suspension, braking and aerodynamic touches, and 18" wheels.
This is sure to deliver an impressive performance against its main competitors listed above. Specs for the future Audi S7 are limited, but the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG’s power could surely outrank the 300-500hp found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the 470hp found in the Aston Martin Rapide. We can’t wait to the results of this matchup when the CLS 63 AMG hits the streets.
Only in Dubai will you find car-owners who dont seem to give an iota as to what their cars would look like to other people for as long it looks like an apple to their eyes.
For the most part, we’ve had to live with such beautiful cars being given one too many facelifts and tuning set-ups. This time, the owner of this Mercedes CLS55 AMG found a little help with tuning house ASMA.
Known for their rather unconventional packages, ASMA has clearly outdone itself this time with this matte blue-finish CLS55 AMG.
Don’t get us wrong; we have an unyielding affinity for anything Mercedes, but if people end up doing something like this - that supersized grille reminds us of an elephant trunk, which isn’t at all flattering when you’re talking about a Merc - we just end up doing the most prudent thing: cringe and turn away.
Mercedes is preparing to take the lead on the luxury station wagon market with the unveiling of an estate version for their CLS model. The car will be first revealed as a concept next month at Beijing motor show, with production version to go on sale in 2012. The CLS Station Wagon will be an alternative for modes like BMW 5-series GT and the soon-to-be-launched Audi A7.
The car will take its inspiration from the Concept Fascination unveiled in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show, but keeping many of the design elements from the current generation CLS. The car will get a soft-nose treatment from the SLS, frameless doors, heavily raked screens, a high waistline and shallow side glass.
Under the hood Mercedes will place both petrol and diesel engine. Petrol line-up will include: a 3.5-liter V6 delivering 306bhp in the CLS350, and a 4.6-liter V8 with 435bhp in the CLS500; diesel versions will include: 2.1-liter with 204bhp in the CLS250 CDI and a 3.0-liter with 231bhp in the CLS350 CDI. The AMG version will be powered by a turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine delivering up to 540 hp.
Mercedes Benz is planning on unveiling the next generation CLS at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The second generation of the original four door coupe will continue to compete with four door GT cars like the Porsche Panamera and the soon to be Audi A7.
Aside from a high end grand tourer that has room for your friends, the German automaker is also planning on unveiling their latest Shooting Brake, a model who’s design will be inspired by the Mercedes Fascination Concept sometime in the second half of 2011. If the rumors are true there will also be an AMG version of the new Shooting Brake.
The luxury German automaker Mercedes Benz is releasing a special edition of their class creating four door coupe the CLS. This ultra exclusive CLS Grand Edition is limited to only 560 units, and for the first time ever is available in palladium silver.
Not only is the CLS being offered in this bold shade of gray, there is also a unique Designo Palladium Silver Matt Paint, finally a factory super with a flat paint job. This even more exclusive finish also has he benefit of being highly scratch and dirt-resistant. The color choice goes well with the car’s 18 inch AMG forged 5 spoke alloy wheels finished in Titanium Grey. There is also a pretty trick lighting kit.
However, a little show would be nothing without a little go. So the Mercedes Benz engineers managed to find and extra 48 HP out of the CLS 350 CDI’s turbo diesel V6 that now makes 272 HP. The added power allows the coupe-like sedan to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds while still getting a pretty economical 37 MPG.
If the diesel part didn’t tip you off, then we are sad to inform you that this limited edition CLS is another vehicle that won’t be imported into the U.S. Like the desired Ford Focus RS, this ultra excusive four door coupe is a U.K. only car. Like the Volkswagen Corrado Storm and so many other great classics, we can only dream about a left hand drive version of special editions like the Mercedes Benz CLS Grand Edition.
For over a decade MEC Design has released its new body kit for the Mercedes CLS. The kit incorporates auxiliary lights into the new front bumper and a diffuser into the rear unit. The side skirts are available with LEDs that are connected to the vehicle’s internal lighting system. The exhaust is made from mandrel bent stainless steel tubing, the tone that exits the MEC exhaust tips is so powerful that it has become known as “Earthquake.”
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is no longer the only four-door coupe on the market, and in order to stay on top the German luxury car maker will have to keep improving their product. It is expected that the second generation CLS will be revealed in 2010 as a 2011 model. Spy photographers already caught the Mercedes testing, but with the heavy disguise it is difficult to tell what the final product will look like. So for now all we can go on is our imagination and the imaginations of the artists at Global Motors have come up with.