The New Mercedes-Benz CLS
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS was revealed a few weeks ago. The third generation CLS has not broken the original format and remains based on the latest E-Class, sharing the E-Class’s modular platform technology, nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4MATIC four-wheel drive system. Also, the CLS is available with three different suspension systems, standard springs, adaptive dampers and full air suspension.
The CLS was a new challenge for Mercedes-Benz when it was first introduced in 2005. A four-door coupe with a radical design was something new to the Mercedes-Benz brand. Until that time, Mercedes-Benz had clearly separated coupes and sedans. However, the CLS was the first car of that genre combining coupe looks with saloon car design. This radical movement brought new customers to Mercedes-Benz and changed the perception of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
As the years passed, the CLS had new competitors in the form of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, the Porsche Panamera, and the Audi A7. All these vehicles offered the same design concept and optionally offered a five-seater experience.
Now, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the third generation CLS. This time the CLS is a five-seater sports car. Unlike the previous generations, the CLS is heading for more passenger space and hopes to capture the market for sports sedans.
In addition to the five seats, the new CLS has introduced safety systems inherited from the S-Class. “The optional Driving Assistance Package consists of Active Distance Control DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE‑SAFE PLUS. The Driving Assistance package Plus includes PRE-SAFE Impulse Side. This system can brace the front occupants for a side impact by nudging them sideways to reduce the risk of injury.” In addition, for the first time, a fully electronic trailer coupling is optional with the CLS.
We can clearly see that when it comes to the CLS, Mercedes-Benz is steering away from the sports characteristics and heading towards the traditional Mercedes-Benz DNA. The exterior design is more aggressive than ever, and offers state-of-the-art technologies. However,the five-seat option and the trailer coupling features are clear signals that Mercedes-Benz is departing from the original concept of the CLS and producing more or a sporting saloon car rather than a coupe with 4 doors.
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