What is it?
This is the new Mercedes-Benz CLS, in entry-level 350d 4Matic flavour. The gap between top-end and entry-level is smaller than ever for the model's third generation, with the 350d sitting below the 400d, 450 and AMG 53 versions. There’s no V8-powered AMG 63 this time around.
The 350d is the least powerful model, with 278bhp and 443lb ft coming from a new 2.9-litre six-cylinder diesel engine. The 3.0-litre petrol 450 gets a 48V mild hybrid system, but the 350d is diesel-only. It's claimed to achieve 48.7mpg and emit 156g/km of CO2.
As the entry-level CLS (for now - there’s a 350 petrol on the way), it does without some more luxurious features, such as adaptive cruise control, but still gets adaptive dampers, a suite of cameras to make parking easier and 19in alloys. It’s available only in sporty AMG Line trim, after all.
The CLS's platform and chassis are lifted straight from the E-Class, while its styling shows you what to expect from most of the Mercedes-Benz range as it switches to its new design language. The A-Class already shares the same face.