2017 Los Angeles: The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS leads the company’s new design language
Mercedes-Benz reveals the next-generation CLS at the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
What’s going on?
The Mercedes-Benz CLS was revolutionary from a design aspect. Although it didn’t invent it, the CLS is strongly associated with leading the resurgence of the concept of the “four-door coupe,” dating back to the original car in 2003. Based on the E-Class sedan, but with a much sleeker, low-slung, and stretched out roofline, mimicking that of a coupe, the CLS-Class proved that practicality didn’t have to come at the expense of good looks.
Now, Mercedes-Benz upped their own ante by revealing the all-new, third-generation CLS at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
It’s beautiful. What’s new about it?
I know, we think so as well. Like previous iterations of the CLS, the latest model remains based off of the E-Class sedan. It features a new design as well, one that’s much cleaner with less curves, folds, and creases, as the outgoing model. It also resembles some of the latest design cues we’ve seen on existing greats like the S-Class and E-Class Coupe. For instance, the new CLS incorporates Merc’s latest corporate “diamond” grille, a feature bespoke only to Mercedes-Benz’s coupe offerings. The frameless doors also remain, as does the high-arched waste line.
“The new CLS is a design icon as the archetype of the four-door coupe. In line with our hot & cool design philosophy, we have reduced its DNA to an extremely puristic level while emotionally charging its beauty,” said Gorden Wagener, Daimler AG’s Chief Design Officer.
On the inside, the CLS now employs the same digital, 12.3-inch LCD displays in place of traditional gauges, similarly to the latest E-Class sedan and coupe, and S-Class sedan and coupe. Also carrying over are other fancy bits found on the aforementioned cars, such as the 64-color adjustable ambient lighting, and a dashboard that offers enough timber to build a house.
Returning to the inline-six
What’s a huge party piece for the CLS however is its engine. For the first time in almost 20 years, Mercedes-Benz is making an all-new gasoline inline-six, which made its debut on the latest CLS. displacing 3.0-liters, it’s rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist, with a special electric “boost” function that offers an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist.
The CLS 450 comes with the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz didn’t publish any official performance numbers as of yet, but we imagine the CLS 450 won’t be a slouch by any means.
New suspension too
Also aiding the CLS 450’s introduction as a new car is a revised suspension setup, consisting a four-way multilink arrangement at the front, and a signature Mercedes five-way multilink rear setup. AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension is optional to help balance out body control and handling, but the CLS 450 already promises to be wonderful to drive.
Pricing isn’t yet available, though we can expect that information to surface closer to the CLS’s launch date in Fall of 2018.
– By: Chris Chin