2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS from £ 57,510

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS is a starting price from £57,510 for the entry-level 350d, which was recently revealed at the Los Angeles motor show.

Until BMW launches a replacement for the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the only true rival to the CLS, the Audi A7, which currently starts at £48,045, before replacing it with a second-generation, at the beginning of the next year.

Price wise, the CLS range so far, top with the 400d at £60,410, but more powerful at the time of the launch is the 3.0-litre petrol engine in the 450 4Matic, with a 48V electrical system and the EQ Boost built-in starter, providing mild-hybrid properties. Claimed 0-62mph time of 4.8 sec and a limited 155mph top speed. It provides a nominal value of 362bhp and 369lb ft, with an additional 22bhp and 184lb ft available for short periods of time in which the integrated starter motor is activated.

The range using gasoline and diesel in-line six-cylinder. They are all turbo and coupled to Mercedes’ in-house nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and 4Matic four wheeldrive system as standard. The 350d and 400d share the new 2.9-liter diesel engine in two states of tune.

For the 350d, 400d and 450, Mercedes claims the respective fuel economy figures of 48.7 mpg, 47.9 mpg and 36.2 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 156g/km, 156g/km and 184g/km respectively. The CLS is only available in AMG Line trim – this means 19in alloys, parking pack with reversing camera, ambient lighting and Mercedes’ Agility Control adaptive shock absorbers to the standard.

Shortly after the launch, Mercedes is planning to introduce the 350. Is run a new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine also has an electronic supporter of quality. Also planned is the 300d, which uses Mercedes’ widely used turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 242bhp.

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A new CLS 53 is provided to join mechanically identical E53 coupe and E53 cabriolet, a strong line-up of new AMG models, which will be presented at next year’s Detroit motor show, all featuring a newly developed in-line six-cylinder with a mild hybrid properties.

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The new petrol engine will introduce electric amplification via an integrated starter motor for a higher performance potential, and Mercedes respond to the tastes of the forthcoming second generation Audi S7 and the recently introduced BMW M550i.

The details are still scarce, although insiders suggest the engine and integrated starter motor will deliver a combined 450bhp. In the facelifted S500, the new engine provides a nominal power output of 429bhp, with an additional 22bhp delivered by the integrated starter motor, for a total of 440bhp.

With Mercedes planning to replace the current CLS 63 with an upcoming twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 in production in the five-door version, the AMG GT Concept, the CLS-53 is destined to become the flagship model of the new CLS line-up.

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With over 350,000 sales to date, the CLS has proved popular since its introduction in 2005. But with potential customers to gravitate more towards Mercedes ‘ ever-growing line-up of SUV models, around the world sales have slowed significantly in recent times.

As such, the new model, which goes under the internal code name C257, will only be produced in saloon form. The CLS Shooting Brake, which has failed to live up to the first sales expectations following its introduction in 2012, will not be replaced.

Like its predecessors, the CLS relies heavily on the E-Class, from which it borrows its platform, drivetrain, chassis, electrical, architecture and more. Offers three suspension set-ups.

Predictably, Mercedes promises improvements in terms of performance, handling, comfort, and safety. At the same time, it is said that the swoopy saloon, it also introduces a new exterior design lineage to be adopted by other Mercedes models in the not-too-distant future.

Mercedes has confirmed to Autocar that the CLS has grown in size compared with the outgoing second-generation model, which has been on sale since 2010. Is grown in length of 4988mm (4937mm for the previous car), the width of 1890mm (1881mm) and the height (1428mm (1418mm).

The new hall is also said to have a step that 61mm more 2935mm, allowing for a larger rear door aperture, and easier access to the rear seats.

The interior of the new CLS is more like a unique style, neither quite eye-catching as in previous incarnations of the show, which boasted of their own instruments of the dashboard. To provide economies of scale with other Mercedes models, it receives a slightly reworked version of the last Class, And the dashboard, complete with a so-called Widescreen Cockpit with twin 12.3 in the exhibition for the instruments and the infotainment system, and a multi-function steering wheel from the facelifted S-Class.

The CLS is also a centre of the rear seat as standard, giving the car a five-seater capacity for the first time. The rear seats fold in a 40/20/40 configuration to extend the length of the shoe, which has the same volume as the second-generation model rated at 520 litres.

As with the E-Class, the new CLS has five standard driving assistant features, including lane keeping assist and speed limit assist.

Buyers can also opt for a Package Driving Assistance which adds an additional eight systems that provide semi-autonomous properties, including the hands-off steering for up to 30 seconds, automatic adjustment of the speed before curves or intersections, and a system of automatic lane change function.

The first deliveries of the new CLS are provided to the the UNITED kingdom, the buyers in the month of August.

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