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Third-gen Mercedes AMG CLS revealed at, LA Auto Show

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz brings the good news to the people who are looking for choices of cars that have the capability of sports car as well as it can behave as a luxury vehicle. Mercedes-Benz revealed the third-generation of Mercedes AMG CLS at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and confirmed that it will be launching the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 globally next Year i.e. 2018.

Mercedes AMG CLS 2018 Exteriors

The Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 four-door coupe is the first of a new range of 53-badged models, which will be followed by E53 coupe and E53 cabriolet models that will be reviled early next year.

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG The third generation of CLS comes equipped with a new set of headlights and tail lights with completely redone bumpers and the signature Mercedes Benz Grill. This will be the stage of evolution of the design of the new age Mercedes cars. The smart lines that runs all around the side gives the new Mercedes AMG CLS absolutely stunning looks with that Sports DNA under the hood.

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG Now, CLS shares some bits from its sibling, the E-class. The platform, powertrains and some interior bits. Mercedes claims that they have made improvements in the performance, handling, comfort and safety of the new car. Mercedes- Benz also says that the new exterior design that is on this sedan will also be adopted by other models of the Mercedes cars in the near-future.

New Mercedes AMG CLS Interiors & Features

The new CLS being longer, wider and taller than the previous model with a 61mm longer wheelbase at 2,988mm it offers larger rear door apertures and easier backseat access.

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG It also has a centre rear seat as standard that places it under the category of proper five-seater capability car, for the first time ever. The boot space is same as the previous model with capacity of about 520 litres. Moreover, the rear seat folds in a 40/20/40 split that helps expanding the boot space when needed.

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG Now, the new generation CLS shares a five standard driving assistant functions with the E-class that includes Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist as well. Rumours are that Mercedes will provide an optional Driving Assistance Package that can add eight more functions. This package will provide customer with semi-autonomous properties i.e. hands-off the steering for up to 30sec, automatic adjustment of speed prior to bends or junctions and an automatic lane-changing function as well.

Engine & Performance

The previous generation CLS’s was powered by the V8-engined CLS 63. The 2018 CLS will be powered by new petrol and diesel powertrains. All three models the CLS 53, E53 coupe & cabriolet will share the newly-developed 3.0-litre straight-six petrol unit that possesses some hybrid properties. The top of the range AMG-spec CLS will come equipped with whopping 456hp motor.

2018 Mercedes Benz CLS AMG This will help in boosting the performance of the engine via an integrated starter motor. This will help Mercedes to go head to head with the technology used by its rivals like the upcoming Audi S7, which is based on the recently revealed second-gen A7 Sportback.

These straight-six petrol and diesel engines are mated to Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission and sends power to all-four-wheels via the brand’s 4Matic system, providing more power and kicking in more torque as well.

 

Conclusion

The new Mercedes AMG CLS range has six models – CLS 350, CLS 450, CLS 300d, CLS 350 d, CLS 400 d and the CLS 53 AMG.

The previous generation’s models of the CLS were successful with 3.5 lakh global sales since it was first launched in 2005 but the growing worldwide demand for Mercedes based SUVs has hindered sales of the coupes.

The CLS is expected to be one of Mercedes’ models coming to India in 2018.

 

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