What is it?
Despite being billed as a ‘new generation’ model, this Mercedes-Benz CLS is actually more of a thorough refreshing.
It gets new engines (including a 168bhp C220 diesel and a 328bhp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 in the CLS 400) as well as the option of a new nine-speed auto gearbox for the three diesel engines and the petrol-powered CLS 500.
As well as the transmission updates, the cars get a new front bumper and grille design, an 8in freestanding colour screen on the dashboard, and a new steering wheel.
The biggest news is probably the new Multibeam LED headlamps, which are standard on the new CLS range. They are made of 24 individual LED units (which are dimmable in a remarkable 255 stages) and are controlled by the stereo camera mounted in the windscreen and also receive information about the approaching road conditions from the sat-nav.
Mercedes says the lights can stay in permanent main beam mode, while adjusting the beam length so rapidly that on coming traffic is not dazzled.
The new headlights also have an advanced cornering feature, which allows the light beam to swivel in anticipation (from between 60m and 90m) of an approaching bend. On roundabouts, the headlamps also active both the left and right-hand cornering modes, so both edges of the road are illuminated.
All CLS models now have a Command Online, a sat-nav and infotainment system connected to the web by an embedded SIM card. This also means that owners can now log onto the Mercedes.me website and see an individual page dedicated to information about their own car.