New Mercedes CLS revealed, coming March 2018

30th November 2017

New Mercedes CLS revealed, coming March 2018

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-new CLS at this week’s LA Auto Show, ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms this March.

The four-door saloon-cum-coupe is now in its third generation and will be available to order from December 7th, with prices starting from £57,000.

Much of the CLS is based on the current-gen E-Class, borrowing its chassis technology, nine-speed automatic gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Revisions to the exterior design of the CLS have resulted in a smoother looking car, boasting more swoopy lines, while inside, the E-Class vibe is undeniable, featuring the same widescreen instrument panel and infotainment system.

However, there are some original touches like the illuminated air vents, which are capable of changing colour to indicate when a hotter or cooler temperature has been selected.

The CLS is now a five-seater. The outer seats in the rear have the same appearance as the front seats, with the deeply scalloped outer seats giving the impression that the car is designed for four occupants. The CLS’ three rear seats can be collapsed to expand the 520-litre boot.

Buyers will be able to choose from two diesel engines – the 282bhp 350 d and the 335bhp 400 d, which both return 50.4mpg and produce CO2 emissions of 148g/km. The key difference between the two is pace. While the 350 d can go from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, the more powerful 400 d can do it in five seconds flat.

There will also be a petrol version – the three-litre straight-six 450 – which can hit 62mph in 4.8 seconds, making it the quickest CLS at launch. This rush of pace deals a knock-on for its running costs though, with CO2 output climbing to 178g/km and fuel consumption slipping to 37.6mpg.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Any mid-to-upper level company car drivers looking for something different within the Mercedes range are sure to be intrigued by the new CLS.”