Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new CLS for the 2012 model year. Planned to begin the sales in Europe in January 2011, the new four-door coupe will be available in two six-cylinder engine variants – the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with 195 kW (265 hp) and the CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY with 225 kW (306 hp). Both of these variants will feature the ECO start/stop function as standard.
All engines in the 2012 CLS are new with increased output and torque as well as fuel consumption improvements of up to 25 percent compared with the outgoing models. This increased efficiency is contributed by the electro-mechanical direct steering, which celebrates its premiere in the CLS.
In March, the the 2012 CLS engine range will be expanded by the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with 150 kW (204 hp). In the ECE fuel cycle it consumes only 5.1 liters of diesel/ 100 km. Not only that, Mercedes-Benz will also release the CLS 500 BlueEFFICIENCY with a V8 engine and 300 kW (408 hp) which will follow in April. Both of these variants are also equipped as standard with the ECO start/stop function that Mercedes-Benz will offer in more than 50 models throughout its entire product portfolio by mid-2011.
Dr. Zetsche, “The CLS brings together all typical Mercedes values – excellent safety and first-class comfort are as much a part of it as outstanding efficiency, impressive dynamics and unmistakable style. The original four-door premium coupe is a clear example of what we mean by ‘contemporary luxury’.”