In the future the CLS-Class’s range of standard equipment will be enhanced by the internationally award-winning occupant protection system PRE-SAFE. The system automatically responds by preparing the vehicle and its occupants for an impending collision. It does this by tensioning the seat belts of the driver and front passenger, adjusting the front passenger seat to an optimal crash position, and automatically closing the sunroof and the side windows if the vehicle is in danger of skidding. Such precautionary measures ensure that seat belts and airbags offer the best possible protection in the event of an impact. Just as unique as PRE-SAFE are the NECK-PRO head restraints which are also fitted as standard. During a rear impact the sensor-controlled head restraints are moved forward to provide protection for the driver’s and front passenger’s heads within milliseconds. This allows the crash-responsive head restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries.
Mercedes-Benz is fitting the CLS-Class with flashing brake lights as standard to prevent rear-end collisions. These lights are more effective than conventional brake lights at warning drivers approaching from behind. And due to faster braking reaction times, the braking distance can be reduced by about 5.5 metres at 100 km/h.
Beginning in mid-2006, standard equipment for the CLS-Class will include the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system originally developed for the S-Class. Electronic control enables the hydraulic braking system to provide support functions which further improve safety during emergency situations or when driving on wet roads. In addition, ADAPTIVE BRAKE makes starting on hills easier and prevents unintended forward rolling at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic.
The new CLS models will cost between 56,434 euros(71358$) and 101,094 euros(127816$). The price of the CLS 320 CDI will remain unchanged, despite an increased range of safety features and a higher-torque engine.
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