Mercedes CLS-Class

Mercedes CLS-Class

  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.

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We have already seen the 2012 Mercedes CLS ’s exterior fully unveiled, and, we have to say, we were very impressed by its much more angular and aggressive stance. The creased shoulder line which runs from the top of the front wheel arch backwards and the dramatically flared rear wheel arches add an edgy look to the luxury vehicle and the rear lights and shaped exhausts also stand out, giving the rear of the car a more obviously sculpted appearance than the previous generation CLS.

Of course, having the exterior revealed only leaves the interior as a dark void for feeding imaginations and assumptions. Thankfully, the CLS ’s new interior has been fully exposed by sneaky spy photographers.

Looking at the new photos, it looks as if Mercedes has not failed in immersing it’s customers in a sea of leather, wood, and technology. Mercedes has undoubtedly lived up to its image as the quintessence of luxury once again and the spy shots of the interior and the previous shots of the exterior are proof of that.

Look for the official debut of the new 2012 Mercedes CLS this fall at the Paris Motor Show .

The new generation Mercedes CLS is about to make its debut. How do we know that? Well, because Mercedes has already been taking a few official photos of the four door coupe and one lucky guy just happened to be at the right place at the right time during a Mercedes press shoot.

The 2011 CLS will feature a larger, more upright grille with bold horizontal bars and angular headlights with LED lights and chrome inserts on the rubbing strips, window trim, and bootlid.

Under the hood Mercedes will place a pair of petrol and diesel engines, with the top version getting a new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 engine with an output of 429bhp and 700Nm of torque. That’s an improvement of more than 12% over the current CLS 500, while in the same time fuel economy is also improved to 30mpg. The CLS 63 AMG will get a new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine that will be able to produce over 571 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details!

Source: AutoExpress

We have only been able to capture the future generation Mercedes CLS-Class in its camouflaged state a couple of times and we have been perusing in order to catch it unclothed. We are happy to say that the CLS is finally naked and caught on film! Today, we can see the Mercedes CLS-Class in all its glory and we have to say, we are very pleased.

The new model features a more upright grille, more pronounced front fender flares, and a smartly drawn hood. It will compete with models like the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera . The official debut will be made in September at the Paris Auto Show, with sales to begin in early 2011.

The new member of Mercedes’ CLS line will be powered by the company’s new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine, a different engine from the car’s closest predecessor, the CLS 63 AMG, which was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo, the new CLS will be able to produce over 544 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque for the standard form with a more powerful performance package - 571 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Mercedes ’ new prized beauty, the CLS saloon that’s been designated as the ’C218’, is still a few months - give or take - away from its highly-anticipated unveiling. Of course, that hasn’t stopped curious bees like us from trying to get as good a look at the car whenever the opportunity presents itself, which is probably why we got all geeked up when this spy video of the CLS AMG doing some lap runs at the Nurburgring found its way on the Internet.

The new member of Mercedes’ CLS line will be powered by the company’s new 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine, a different engine from the car’s closest predecessor, the CLS 63 AMG , which was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the new 5.5-liter bi-turbo, the new CLS will be able to produce over 544 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque for the standard form with a more powerful performance package - 571 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque - also being offered.

That’s the extent of what we know about the new CLS saloon with Mercedes being extra cautious in divulging more information about the car. In any case, the new CLS is expected to be unveiled later this year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show, at which time we’re going to be feasting our eyes on the new Merc eye-catcher with longing looks.

UPDATE 07/16/2010: The Mercedes CLS-Class has been caught undisguised! Hit the jump for more info and a picture of the naked CLS!

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It seems tuners are getting a little antsy when it comes to providing tuning kits for new car models. The Mercedes CLS hasn’t even been launched yet and already tuning firm, Lorinser, has come up with a tuning kit for the luxury sedan. The tuner will make updates to the engine, chassis, and exterior.

"We will distribute our tuning-version globally in 45 countries, therefore a sophisticated body-design is required." Well, lucky for them sophisticated body designs are something they can do well. Remember their rendition of the Mercedes E-Class ? That package is pretty similar to the one being provided for the Mercedes CLS. Both packages add a unique styling to the vehicle. For this tuning kit large air intake grills are added providing a little character to the front end of the elusive Mercedes CLS. They provide an optimal fresh air supply to the engine and brakes. Lorinser has also extended the fenders which leaves plenty of room for the 21-inch light-alloy wheels. This was also provided for the Mercedes E-Class kit provided back in January.

We have already seen a few spyshots of the anticipated Mercedes CLS, but to have a tuning kit provided for a car that has not even been revealed yet is quite an impressive feat for a tuner. Let’s just hope it is what they expect.

UPDATE 07/19/11: More than a year after it was first teased to us, Lorinser has finally released the first batch of photos for the 2012 CLS-Class. That took a while, didn’t it? Well, if your patience wore as thin as ours, then you won’t have any problems digesting the new batch of photos in the gallery below.

Press release after the jump.

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This is the first time we have seen fully uncamouflaged spyshots of the 2012 Mercedes CLS so we expect a press release from Mercedes in the next few days.

As you can see from the pictures, the CLS features a much more angular, aggressive nose than the car it replaces. We can also see that the creased shoulder line which runs from the top of the front wheel arch backwards and the dramatically flared rear wheel arches, which look like those on the Bentley Continental , have all made production. The rear lights and shaped exhausts also stand out, giving the rear of the car a more obviously sculpted appearance than the previous generation CLS.

This particular model is the CLS 350CGI, equipped with the firm’s V-Generation 3.5-liter engine which produces 302bhp and 370Nm. It features Mercedes’ fuel-saving BlueEfficiency technology and is the engine that is also featured in the Shooting Break concept .

More details and the full official set of pictures will be made available ahead of the car’s debut at this October’s Paris Motor Show . Meanwhile, check out the previous test mule shots in the gallery for reference on how the car was camouflaged before.

Source: Autoexpress

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."

Press release after the jump.

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 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 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.

Source: Autocar
2012 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG spied testing

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 Audi S7 are limited, but the Mercedes 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.

Check it out at your own risk, fellas.


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