New Mercedes-Benz CLS revealed ahead of its official debut
Images have surfaced of the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS class ahead of its official debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS is based on the same platform as the recently launched Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but is rumoured to be powered by a new 3.0 litre turbo petrol straight six that will develop 270kW. But, that engine has a party piece – it’s mated to a 48-volt electrical system that can help raise torque from 500Nm to 750Nm and in 16kW in brief bursts.
This model will be badged CLS 450 4MATIC and there’ll also be a couple of diesels, with these models sending power to the rear wheels.
These engines will be mated to a nine-speed automatic and the car will ride on strut front and multilink rear suspension. Cheaper cars will have steel springs, more expensive models will ride on air suspension.
The new CLS will be more practical too, with Benz ditching the four seat layout in favour of five chairs, and now there’s 40:20:40 split rear seat and a 520 litre boot.
Inside, there’ll be dual 12.3-inch colour screens that sit behind a single piece of glass as per the S-Class. Expect plenty of clever tech, including an autonomous driving system of sorts.
At the front, there’ll be hugely powerful LED headlights.
You’ll be able to buy your new Mercedes-Benz CLS in three trim levels Progressive, Comfort and Sport. Sales are expected to kick off in Australia from mid 2018.