The new Mercedes CLS has arrived with new engines, new tech and just a little bit of new styling.
Revealed in both five-door and shooting brake form prices drop to £46,500 for the base CLS 220 BluTec, with another £1,580 added for the same shooting brake.
Outside little has changed, the CLS gains similar air intakes to the new C-class as well as a diamond grille and a more prominent front bumper.
That 220 BluTec is a brand new addition to the range, a 2.1 litre four pot diesel generating a modest 177 bhp and 295 lb ft of torque, however at just 129g/km of CO2 even in the giant CLS running costs are kept relatively low.
Above that the 350 BluTec, also a four cylinder oil-burner, will make a more impressive 258 bhp and a lovely 457lb ft of torque. That is mated with a nine, yes, NINE, speed gearbox to reduce CO2 emissions to 142g/km.
For those less interested in the frugal side of motoring a 3.5 litre petrol V6 is available, with headline figures of 333 bhp and 354lb ft of torque.
The flagship CLS63 again belies the number on it’s badge with a 5.5litre V8 petrol pumping out an improved 585 bhp and a near ridiculous 590 lb ft of torque.
Inside the standard tech level receives a boost as old the top-of-the-range AMG trim becomes the standard.
Two upgrades are available, the #3,595 Premium Pack adds an electric sunroof, a seat memory package, a reversing camera and split/folding seats.
Another £1,000 gets the Premium Plus Pack, featuring the same equipment as the Premium Pack but adding a Harman Kardon sound system and Keyless Go.
The CLS also gains the Mercedes 8-inch tablet system seen on many other of the three-pointed-star’s products.
The pair will make their debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
|CLS 220 BlueTEC,||7G-Tronic Plus||177||400||56.5||129||£46,500|
|CLS 350 BlueTEC, diesel||9G-Tronic Plus||258||620||52.3||142||£49,950|
|CLS 400, petrol,||7G-Tronic Plus||333||480||38.7||170||£55,850|
|CLS 63 AMG S||AMG MCT 7-speed||585||800||28.5||231||£86,500|
CLS Shooting Brake:
|CLS 220 BlueTEC, diesel||7G-Tronic Plus||177||400||56.5||132||£48,080|
|CLS 350 BlueTEC, diesel||9G-Tronic Plus||258||620||49.6||149||£51,400|
|CLS 63 AMG S, petrol,||AMG MCT 7-speed||585||800||28.0||235||£87,000|