Sunday 5 December 2010
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is an executive-size sedan based on the W211 E-Class platform. Marketed as a 'four door coupe,' the CLS recalls the fastback saloon designs of Robert Opron (born 1932) in the 1970s but is actually the work of the influential American automotive designer, Michael Fink (born 1967) who styled the first CLK, the C-Sportcoupe', and is known as the stylist who penned the Maybach 57 and 62. According to a Mercedes-Benz press release, the CLS-class was produced to combine the "strong, emotive charisma" of a coupe with the "comfort and practicality" of a saloon. Save for its four-door design, the CLS's design tends towards a coupe, as its sleek roofline reduces the rear passenger room to a 2+2 arrangement, and it offers a smaller selection of engines tending towards high powered of the range, compared to contemporary sedans such as the E-Class.
The current iteration of the CLS is internally designated as the C219 and it was first offered for sale in Europe and Latin America in autumn 2004. It is assembled by Daimler AG in Sindelfingen, Germany and Mercedes-Benz-Valdez in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico.
The next generation CLS was introduced in the Fall of 2010. The first versions of the car include an inline-4 diesel 2.5 L CLS 250 CDI, a V-6 diesel CLS 350 CDI, and a direct-injection V-6 gas CLS 350 BlueEfficiency. On November 17, 2010 the CLS 63 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V-8 was introduced. All of these will be available in Europe starting in January 2011. This new generation offers a great blend of power and economy.
- engine: V6
- capacity: 3000 cc
- horsepower: 224 HP
- gearbox: 7+1
- top speed: 250 km/h