Mercedes-Benz has revealed the all-new CLS Class at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new CLS sports what Mercedes calls as the next idiom of its design language and is powered by a new inline-six that features some light electrification.
Mercedes says its new design theme, pioneered with the CLS, features reduced lines. This is a statement that is fairly apparent when examining the new executive sedan. The busyness of the previous CLS model is gone in favor of cleaner lines and sharper front and rear fascias.
While the exterior is sporting an evolved design theme, the interior is remarkably Mercedes. The luxury automaker has pulled together bits and pieces from the new E Class and S Class models to form an interior that literally looks like a mix of the two other models. There’s a massive display panel serving as the highlight of the design, while turbine-themed vents and a touchpad controller remind us all this is a Benz interior.
So far Mercedes has announced only the CLS450, which will be powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that sports 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Like the new S Class, this engine is married to a new 48-volt electrical architecture on the car. The electric motor adds another 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque through what Mercedes is branding as its EQ Boost system.
During acceleration and other conditions the EQ Boost system will supplement the engine’s power to lower vehicle emissions. It also boosts performance by adding the additional power.
Although the inline-six is the only engine offering announced for the CLS thus far, the folks at AMG are expected to get their hands on the car soon. A new CLS53 AMG is expected later on that will feature a hybrid powertrain, while a traditional V-8 powered version of CLS is also expected later.
Those concerned about creature comforts will find solace in the CLS. The car is packing nearly every feature the larger S Class offers, including Mercedes Energize system that tailors the car to various moods. The system also works in tandem with Air Body Control suspension, another feature borrowed from the S Class.
The 2018 CLS450 will go on sale in early 2018.