When it was first launched in 2005, the Mercedes-Benz CLS introduced a whole new segment of 4-door luxury coupes. Critics were quick to point out that the CLS was just another sedan with a fastback roofline arguing that a coupe should have 2 doors. Despite the criticism, the new style quickly became popular forcing the likes of Audi to also launch their own 4-door coupes. Mercedes recently teased an image of the third generation CLS on Twitter; the model is unveiled to the public at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will have a more premium trimmed cabin as well as new engines. The 4-door coupe slots between the E-Class and the high-end S-Class. The new model borrows a host of features from the two sedans.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Exterior
The CLS is built on the automaker’s Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) just like the E-Class sedan. The platform uses high-strength steel and aluminum which means the CLS will be considerably lighter than the outgoing model which had helped enhance the model’s performance. From the teaser image the CLS looks to have retained its swooping shape as well as its long engine hood; these are distinctive features that help set the model apart from the E-Class sedan it is based on. The front also features a larger grille and revised LED headlights. The LEDs take a boomerang shape. At the center of the top grille is a large Mercedes badge. The lower grille has also been revised and features larger intakes.
At the rear, the coupe has new horizontal-shaped brake lights that stretch into the deck-lid (these units are similar to those of the upcoming A-Class). The rear bumper has also been revised and integrates new exhaust tips and a new diffuser.
The image released does not reveal much so we have to wait until the model debuts at the LA Motor Show next week to have a comprehensive look at its exterior styling.
From the released image, the 2018 CLS features a big dual-screen system like the one used on the E-Class. One of the screens displays the infotainment system controls as well as controls for the climate and navigation systems. The second screen displays digital driver’s instruments. Most of the other components also look similar to those of the E-Class including air vents, soft-touch materials, and trim options. The CLS will likely feature the Mbrace connectivity suite that bundles together convenience, safety, and in-vehicle applications. More information will be available after the model makes its debut at the LA Motor Show.
Engine and performance
In the U.S.A., the CLS will be offered with a turbocharged and supercharged 3.0 L inline-6 gasoline mill that combines with a 48-volt hybrid system. The drive-train which powers the CLS450 produces 367 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The setup enables the 4-door coupe to hit 62 mph in 5.0 seconds. The engine is tweaked to produce 430 hp in the range-topping CLS AMG. According to rumors, the AMG takes 4.8 seconds to hit 0-62 mph.
In Europe, the model will also be powered by a less powerful 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a displacement of 2.0 liters. The engine produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Europe market will also get two diesel engines, a 4-cylinder mill and a 6-cylinder unit. The base 4-cylinder unit produces 245 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque while the inline-6 diesel mill produces 286 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Price and release date
Official prices of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS are yet to be released. However, considering it is a new generation, prices will definitely increase slightly. The current 2nd generation has a starting price of $66,900. I believe the new model will start at around $68,000 with a fully equipped top-of-the-range AMG version attracting in excess of $100,000. Sales of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will start in April 2018 in Europe and in July in the U.S. market; the model is, however, make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The U.S. market will first receive AWD models with RWD models being offered later on.
Top rivals of the 4-door CLS coupe are the Audi A7, Porsche Panamera and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo.