Updated Mercedes CLS to go on sale in the UK in September, priced from £46,500, with new LED headlights and nine-speed automatic transmission
18 June 2014

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a facelifted version of the CLS and CLS Shooting Brake in a series of official photographs ahead of a planned public premiere for the swoopy four-door saloon and five-door estate at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Set for UK sale from September, the lightly reworked CLS receives a number of subtle mid-life changes and an extended line of options, including Mercedes-Benz’s latest Multibeam LED headlamps as well as new AMG Line Plus and Night packages that further extend the range of individualisation possibilities.      

As hinted to by earlier spy photographs of various CLS prototypes caught testing, there is very little to distinguish the facelifted model from the car it replaces. External stylistic changes amount to little more than an altered front bumper boasting greater structure and larger air ducts, a subtly reshaped grille with a so-called diamond pattern plastic insert and revised headlamps that now come as standard with LED operation for both the low and high beam as well as the daytime running lamps.

It’s a similar story inside, where Mercedes-Benz’s design team have provided the CLS with a number of subtle upgrades within a familiar looking cabin, including a new free-standing monitor that measures 8.0 inches in diameter, a redesigned three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and simplified operation for the centre console controls.  

In line with other recent new Mercedes-Benz models, all engines made available on the facelifted CLS comply with EU6 emission standards, including the four-cylinder diesels which receive urea exhaust treatment technology. New to the line-up is the CLS220 BlueTec. It supplants the CLS250 BlueTec as the entry-level model, with a turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine producing 168bhp and 295lb ft of torque.

Joining the new CLS220 BlueTec in the UK line-up will be a revised CLS350 BlueTec, also running urea-injection exhaust treatment. Its turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 common rail diesel engine is down by 7bhp at 254bhp but retains the same stout 457lb ft torque loading as before.

The existing CLS350 CGI has been replaced by the more powerful CLS400, which runs a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 direct-injection developing 26bhp and 60lb ft more than the naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 direct-injection petrol engine used in its predecessor at 328bhp and 354lb ft of torque.

Continuing at the top of the line-up is the CLS63 AMG. Its twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 now comes in just one state of tune equal to that of the earlier Performance Package option, with 549bhp and 590lb ft of torque. Left-hand-drive markets receive an even more powerful 4Matic variant punching out 577bhp and the same 590lb ft. But in a move mirroring that of the facelifted E-class, it won’t be sold in the UK owing to Mercedes-Benz’s decision not to engineer it in right-hand-drive form.

In a further change, the facelifted CLS receives a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard in all but the range-topping CLS63 AMG model. The so-called 9G-Tronic unit, which uses a steering wheel-mounted shift stalk to free up space at the base of the centre console, replaces the earlier seven-speed automatic, the 7G-Tronic.  

The CLS63 AMG continues with AMG’s seven-speed SpeedShift transmission. As fitted to the outgoing model, it forgoes a conventional torque converter for an automatically operated clutch for faster shift times and added performance potential.

As part efforts to enhance its reputation for leading safety technology, Mercedes-Benz has provided the facelifted CLS with a number of new features. Standard fit features now include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which automatically applies the brakes when an imminent impact is detected.

Among a long list of options are the new Multibeam LED headlamps. Claimed to outperform the latest laser lights being touted by Audi and BMW, they use a stereo camera mounted within the windscreen to detect on-coming traffic and automatically adjust 24 individual LED projectors so as not to dazzle other motorists.  Each LED can be dimmed in no less than 255 stages, allowing what Mercedes-Benz describes as unrivalled broad and bright illumination of the road surface and road periphery.

Prices for the CLS coupe start at £46,500 for the C220 BlueTec diesel, rising to £86,500 for a top-spec CLS63 AMG. Meanwhile the CLS Shooting Brake costs from £48,080 to £87,000.

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18 June 2014

I know it's a subtle update but it seems to have tidied up the look ...

18 June 2014

It seems the horsepower race than dominated performance offerings from Audi, Mercedes and BMW has now been replaced by a headlight battle. My lights are better performing than yours!

18 June 2014

I like the CLS having had a CLS500, however the "mickey mouse ears"door mirrors do nothing for me and the same applies to the screen that looks like it came from Halfords.

31 July 2014
Davmut wrote:

I like the CLS having had a CLS500, however the "mickey mouse ears"door mirrors do nothing for me and the same applies to the screen that looks like it came from Halfords.

Mercedes STOP putting side mirrors on the doors like this. Stop it right now. It ruins the line of the cars. The SLK has it also and it is a deal breaker. You will claim it's for air efficiency or some such guff but the bottom line is you want it to look cool. It does not. Stop it NOW.

18 June 2014

I liked the original CLS and I want to like this, but side on the styling looks a bit droopy and just makes me think of a banana. Which is a shame because the facelift is an improvement and from the front and back it looks good, especially in red.

18 June 2014

The original CLS looked great.
But they had to ruin it with these grotesque bloated wheel arches.
What a shame.

18 June 2014

Think this is a good update on the outside, but they've ruined a lovely interior by the addition of one item. That touch screen. It looks like a cheap knock off tablet that sells for 40 quid in Lidl. Its the same in the A, B & C-class cars. I get the need for one, but could they not have made it look better?

18 June 2014
superstevie wrote:

Think this is a good update on the outside, but they've ruined a lovely interior by the addition of one item. That touch screen. It looks like a cheap knock off tablet that sells for 40 quid in Lidl. Its the same in the A, B & C-class cars. I get the need for one, but could they not have made it look better?

It honestly seems as though the focus group Mercedes & BMW have used to help design the interior were a bunch of 12 year olds... "Lets slap an iPad in the middle of the dashboard, everyone will love that"

18 June 2014

lajwii112 is exactly right. However, thinking about it further, a group of 12 year-olds surely could've done a better job. That screen is HORRIFIC. It shouts AFTERTHOUGHT at the top of its lungs. How could a group of "designers" have approved such a thing???

18 June 2014

My word, what a load of whinging about a screen...whilst it is also not my favourite part of the interior, I don't mind it either and wou;dn't be a deal breaker. And it clearly wasn't an afterthought since the pre-facelift CLS had the screen integrated into the dash already. I think placing the screen like this allows it to be larger and closer to the driver so that it is more clearly seen.

 

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