The Mercedes-Benz CLS 250CDI is a fastback sedan with a diesel engine.
Fastbacks are becoming more popular in the luxury car category, and most automakers are planning to introduce them in the near future. With the CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz was the first to design such a vehicle. This new sedan, which is based on the E-Class, sits between the E-Class and the S-Class. Compared to the E-Class and S-Class, the CLS-Class is more driver-focused. Following that came the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe (again following the same pattern between the mid-size and full-size luxury sedans).
The CLS-Class has received regular improvements, and the current generation has recently received an upgrade. We get our hands on the MY2015 CLS to see if there are any substantial upgrades, and if so, what are they? Continue reading to learn more about the mystery.
Unlike the majority of prior model year revisions, the new CLS is immediately distinguishable from the preceding model. The update is more of a cosmetic makeover, and some may mistake it for a new-generation model. The LED headlamps on the new CLS have been redesigned, and it now resembles the current generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Then there’s the redesigned diamond grille, which has made most Mercedes-Benz vehicles appear like movie stars. The CLS has gained a lot of class as a result of these small changes. Some of the primary design components include MULTIBEAM LED with integrated daytime running lamps.
With the revised headlamps and tail lamps, the CLS’s side appearance stays intact. The alloy wheels are now available in a new 10-spoke style. The glam factor is increased with the new chunkier front and rear bumpers, as well as the new tail lamps. The CLS had already set a new benchmark in terms of styling, but now it has been lifted even higher. One of the primary design features of the CLS is the pillarless doors, which have been carried over to the CLA-Class as well. Stuttgart’s designers have pulled it off.
The previous CLS had begun to show its age, and Mercedes-Benz launched it at the ideal time. Although the new-generation CLS is still a few years away, it appears that it can now be pushed a little further.
The instrument panel on the CLS-Class hasn’t been upgraded significantly (I.P.). It now sports a free-standing head unit with an eight-inch screen (diagonal), a new steering wheel generation with three spokes, and leather seats. The seat adjustment controls in the front doors are plated in chrome, as is the central control panel with four buttons that are built directly into the centre console trim. Then there are the wooden inserts, which give the interiors a refined and understated appearance.
The driver can keep these and many other functions in view with the COMAND Online control and display system. The 360 Camera is one of the nicest features to have, since it makes parking a breeze. This will assist him in finding an appropriate parking space for parallel or end-on parking, as well as assist him in entering and exiting parking spaces through active steering and brake intervention.
The seats in the first row are spacious and comfy, with adequate thigh support. Slip into the second row and you’ll be amazed at the level of comfort and convenience it provides. The seats are spacious, however because to the slanting roof, headroom is limited. All of the drawers and stowage compartments are operated by hand, as is the moon dome in the front. An electric moonroof is now available on the C-Class as well.
ATTENTION ASSIST can warn the driver when it detects typical indicators of tiredness in steering behaviour, such as ABS, BAS, ESP, ASR, Hill Start Assist, and so on. Because oncoming traffic or cars in front are masked out in the beams’ cone of light, Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus allows the high-beam headlamps to be left on all the time.
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The CLS is being offered in India for the first time with a diesel engine. This is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a maximum torque of 500Nm and a power output of 204bhp. A 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine was originally available in the CLS. Because the CLS has the same platform as the E-Class, it gets the same E250 CDI engine. This is Mercedes-most Benz’s popular engine, and it has shown to be reliable in terms of performance and mileage.
This engine’s NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels are low, and they’re significantly lower on the interior thanks to the insulation. When you press the throttle, you’ll get a quick response. This oil burner responds well, however there is a problem with the grunt. This mill doesn’t have enough grunt to throw you back into your seat. With this engine, the CLS-Class is a comfy cruiser, which is exactly what the Stuttgart-based manufacturer is aiming for. There is enough power to comfortably travel all day and enough torque to overtake in the city or on the highway.
This engine is coupled to a self-shifting seven-speed transmission. The shifts are smooth, although not as quick as in a DSG transmission. If you need to shorten the shift times, switch to Sport mode. In comfort mode, the engine reaction timing is better, and the ride is smoother.
The ride quality of the E-Class is one of its biggest selling points, and it is preserved in the CLS as well. The CLS glides over potholes with ease, providing a smooth ride. Throw anything at it: bad roads, damaged tarmac. The CLS will transform into a plush ride for the passengers, making it more comfortable and convenient.
The steering feel is comparable to that of the majority of Mercedes-Benz models on the market. Lightweight and manoeuvrable. The CLS-Class is long, but it is nimble and fast in tight corners, thanks to its flexible and responsive chassis. It may take some time to adjust to this steering wheel, particularly if you are used to driving BMWs. The CLS, on the other hand, is a lot more fun to drive than the E-Class. When you get behind the wheel of the CLS, you will not be disappointed. We do miss the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, though.
The CLS has a low ground clearance, so take careful not to scrape the undercarriage. Although it is possible to raise the ground clearance, caution must still be exercised. It’s low because of the big wheelbase.
The CLS-Class has always been one of the most fashionable sedans, and it still is. The CLS-Class comes with a slew of new features, making it a contender in this market. Although the rival has more powerful engines, the three-pointed star has its own allure. The CLS-Class is the vehicle to choose if you want to make a statement. You don’t go out to buy a car every day, and you don’t utilise items like the CLS-Class every year.
The 3.5-liter V6 petrol is no longer available, leaving the CLS with only the diesel option. This is a superb mile-eater and a comfy cruiser.