Mercedes-Benz CLS550

The highly successful Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has spurred an automotive industry trend toward more eye-catching four-door cars – vehicles that blur the line between coupe and sedan. After making its debut only four years ago as the world's first four-door coupe, the CLS coupe became an instant style icon.

A handsome, coupe-like car that boasts the comfort and convenience of four doors, the CLS features a high-tension convex curve to its body shape as part of its sleek, sensuous exterior lines. The expressive front end of the CLS is complemented by a dramatic two-lamella grille, and large outside mirrors feature integrated arrow-shaped turn signals. Twin-five-spoke 18-inch wheels emphasize the car's powerful stance, while a rear bumper with trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes and arrow-shaped LED taillights complete the aggressive look.

The CLS550 is powered by a DOHC four-valve-per-cylinder V8 engine producing 382-horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The stylish contours of the CLS continue throughout the interior, which is complemented by an abundance of leather and wood. A sporty three-spoke steering wheel frames three chronometer-type gauges and two LCD bar graphs in white with silver backgrounds. Four-zone climate control regulates temperature separately for each front and rear seat. The rear passengers even have their own digital control panel for setting a desired temperature and adjusting airflow.

A large COMAND central display in the console incorporates Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone operation, an in-dash six-disc CD /DVD player and voice control of audio and phone. The color display screen uses one set of easy-to-use controls for the audio system (includes AM/FM/ weatherband and CD), standard HD radioi, SIRIUS-XM satellite radio and optional GPS satellite navigation with SIRIUS-XM real-time traffic data.

A standard harman/kardon Logic 7 digital surround sound system provides a luxurious listening experience. The system converts every conventional stereo signal from the radio and CD / DVD player into surround sound with seven output channels, offering audio perfection for passengers, regardless of where they are sitting. The sound system includes a digital signal processor, has a total output of 510 watts and plays through 12 high-end speakers, including two speakers on the rear parcel shelf that produce the surround effect. The system even adjusts volume automatically to compensate for ambient driving noise.

The CLS offers optional heated and active ventilated seats, an option first introduced in the S-Class. Fans inside each of the front seats draw air from the footwell that flows evenly through the perforated leather upholstery so that seats heated by the summer sun can cool down quickly.

Source: Mercedes-Benz press

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