Mercedes-Benz boss confirms the new CL will become the S-class coupé; while the ultra-efficient S500 hybrid will launch this year
Mark Tisshaw
13 January 2014

The replacement for the Mercedes-Benz CL will launch later this year, according to Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche.

Speaking on the eve of the Detroit motor show, Zetsche confirmed the CL would be renamed S-class coupé, following on from a concept car of the same name from the Frankfurt motor show last autumn.

Zetsche also confirmed that 2014 would see the launch of the most efficient S-class ever, with the S500 plug-in hybrid now complete and with CO2 emissions of just 69g/km and 94.2mpg combined economy.

Plug-in hybrid technology will also come to the new C-class for the first time – and indeed the first time in the segment – with the launch of the C300 plug-in hybrid model later this year, Zetsche revealed.

Also confirmed by Zetsche at the Mercedes Detroit preview event was US production of the new C-class for the first time.

The smaller CLA is also helping to bring in younger customers to the brand, eight out of 10 of which are new to Mercedes. 

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz CL

The Mercedes-Benz CL borrows much from the S-Class, so it's going to be good. But just how good?

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13 January 2014
I thought everyone knew this already?

Saw the concept in the flesh at the Frankfurt show, they did a great job. It was stunning.

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