Meet the new and improved Mercedes CLS 350d
The CLS. One of Mercedes Benz’s halo models, it first rolled off of the German manufacturer’s production line back in 2004 and quickly established itself as a popular and luxurious luxury coupe. Owned by the likes of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the CLS was and still is a popular choice for the who’s who of the rich and famous and now there is a new version.
The new, mark 3 CLS is the latest generation of the breed. Cutting an instantly recognisable profile, the CLS is certainly a gorgeous looking machine and that sleek body shape flows right through from the front to the rear of this vehicle. Its looks were a key reason for this cars early success and cut a key and decisive design trend for the famous brand. Over the years the scope for the model was increased and now includes AMG and four-wheel drive variants making this a luxury machine suitable for a wide range of occasions.
But what of the new version? Just how much change has taken place and has the essence of its predecessors been retained into this third coming? Visually the answer is yes. The flowing silhouette has been retained but it has been subjected to a very tasteful facelift to bring it into line with the rest of the current contemporary Mercedes Benz range.
This refresh extends to the front and rear light clusters and see’s revised front and rear bumpers with subtly tweaked front and rear aprons and a more sloping bonnet. Some of the more harsher lines are now gone and that is most apparent towards the rear of the vehicle.
Exterior looks aside, the interior has also been on the receiving end of a refresh of aesthetics. The CLS now takes advantage of Mercedes Benz’s class-leading and highly acclaimed dual 12.3-inch widescreen instrument panel and infotainment system which first appeared on the revamped E-Class. The cabin in the CLS is a roomy affair and provides enough comfort for both the driver and passengers alike. It has clearly been designed with 4 people in mind, just like its predecessors, and this is evident.
From a trim point of view, the new CLS will come in AMG line specification and will come ready to be configured with the usual Mercedes Benz packs such as the premium pack which we think is a must when configuring any Mercedes Benz.
Looks aside, and from a mechanical point of view, Mercedes Benz has been quoted that a more powerful petrol variant for this car will be coming soon but stops short of bringing out a full CLS 63 AMG as the manufacturer believes that it may hinder sales of their newly launched four-door AMG GT. With the first batch of cars set for delivery to customers in the imminent future, we look forward to seeing the latest CLS rolling into our showroom in the not so distant future.