Mercedes-Benz CLS (2018–)

Model History

November 2017

Mercedes-Benz CLS revealed

All CLS models are equipped with new engines: in-line six-cylinder and in-line four-cylinder units as diesel and petrol versions. The four-door coupé will enter the market in March 2018.

The range of engines for the CLS is completely new. Three six-cylinder models will be available on market launch.

Standard equipment includes LED High Performance headlamps, 18‑inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a 12.3‑inch media display, ambience lighting including illuminated air vents, Mercedes me connect services and a communication module with LTE.

As a new highlight of the ambience lighting, the illuminated air vents are reminiscent of jet aircraft turbines. The sporty impression is also reinforced by the hand-finished appearance of the seats. A high-resolution Widescreen cockpit is available, with two 12.3‑inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. The centre console with open-pored or high-gloss wood appears to be free-floating thanks to its surface trim.

The ambience lighting is individually adjustable in 64 colours, and also includes the air vents. When the temperature setting of the air conditioning system is changed, it briefly changes colour to show whether the temperature is being made warmer (red) or cooler (blue).

The seats were designed exclusively for this model series. The outer seats in the rear have the same appearance as the front seats, creating a sporty single-seat impression, although the CLS Coupé is in fact a five-seater for the first time. When required the backrests can be folded down in a
40/20/40 ratio, expanding the generous 520‑litre luggage compartment.

The 2018 CLS has a four-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. A dynamically set-up steel comfort suspension is standard equipment. Also available on request is the AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension with an improved, adjustable and adaptive damping system. The driver is able to choose vehicle characteristics from comfortable to sporty using the driving mode switch.

December 2017

Prices for 2018 CLS announced

It starts from £57,510 for the CLS 350 d 4MATIC AMG Line. The CLS 400 d 4MATIC AMG Line is priced from £60,410, while the petrol-powered CLS 450 4MATIC AMG Line is available from £57,610.

The 350 d and 400 d both come with a new in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. It produces 286PS and 600Nm in the 350 d and 340PS and 700Nm in the 400 d. The 350 d can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the 400 d takes five seconds.

Both have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The 350 d can achieve 48.7mpg (combined) and emits 156g/km of CO 2 . The 400 d delivers 47.9mpg and emits 156g/km of CO 2 .

The 450 uses a new 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder biturbo petrol engine, featuring Mercedes-Benz’s innovative new EQ boost technology, consisting of a 48 volt inline starter generator. It has an output of 367PS and 500Nm of torque from the petrol engine, with an extra 250Nm and 22PS available thanks to the EQ boost system.

It can travel from standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. It has a combined mpg of 36.2 and emits 184g/km of CO 2 .

May 2018

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ goes on sale

Pricing starts at £74,050 and it comes with a 3.0-litre biturbo in-line six cylinder petrol engine, with the brand’s innovative new EQ Boost technology.

It can generate 435PS and 520Nm, with an additional 20PS and 250Nm available from the EQ Boost system. The CLS 53 can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. It can achieve up to 31.7 mpg and emits 203 g/km of CO2.

An AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission comes as standard, and features extremely short shift times, fast response to shift paddle commands, a double-declutching function and multiple downshifts.

The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive combines ultimate driving performance with a high level of driving safety in all conditions.

The Comfort package can be added for £395 and includes Air Balance and Energizing comfort control. The systems work together to enhance the occupant’s overall comfort. This includes music, ambient lighting, and fragrance.

Driving Assistance Plus package is optionally available for £1,695. The package contains the latest in driving assistance technology, as recently launched in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The innovative system now features route-based speed adaptation – meaning the vehicle can detect upcoming juntions and roundabouts and adjust its speed accordingly.

August 2018

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 launched

All-new four-cylinder petrol produces 399PS and 400Nm of torque. Uses a 48-volt system to generate a further 14PS and 150Nm. It emits 162g/km CO2 and returns 39.8mpg. 0-62mph takes 6.0 seconds flat.

What does a Mercedes-Benz CLS (2018) cost?

Contract hire from £405.97 per month