Both the updated CLS and the CLS Shooting Brake will receive their public debuts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The facelifted CLS will go on sale in the UK in September
The CLS's cabin is familiar, but there's a new 8.0-inch monitor for infotainment functions
All the CLS's engines are now EU6-emissions compliant
A nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard on most models
A redesigned three-spoke multi-function steering wheel features inside
There are few styling details between the CLS and the car it replaces
The CLS now comes with Multibeam LED headlights, which Mercedes says it can out-perform Audi and BMW's laser lights
The CLS63 AMG remains at the top of the range, with 549bhp available
Unfortunately, the CLS63 AMG in 4Matic form won't reach the UK as it won't be engineered in RHD form
The CLS63 AMG keeps its twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine
While other CLS models get the new nine-speed auto transmission, the CLS63 AMG keeps its seven-speed Speedshift 'box
The older CLS250 BlueTec is replaced by the CLS220 BlueTec as the entry-level model
The existing CLS350 CGI has also been replaced by the more powerful CLS400
New safety equipment on the CLS includes Mercedes' Collision Prevention Assist Plus system
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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