Mercedes has released the first details about the 2015 CLS and CLS Shooting Brake.

Mercedes has released the first details about the 2015 CLS and CLS Shooting Brake.

Set to be introduced later this year, the facelifted model will be offered with Multibeam LED headlights that "automatically and optimally adjust the light distribution more precisely than ever before." The headlights consist of 24 individually-controlled LEDs that are adjusted a 100 times per second using a camera and four control units. The system detects oncoming traffic and vehicles in front of the CLS and automatically adjusts the light beam to ensure other drivers are not dazzled by the lights. Mercedes says the system is so advanced that the high-beams can be used at all times "without irritating or even endangering other road users."

The Multibeam LED headlights also use the camera to detect upcoming bends and illuminate them ahead of time. The system also uses navigation data to detect upcoming roundabouts so the headlights can provide "maximum visibility at an early stage."

According to Mercedes R&D boss Dr Thomas Weber, "With Multibeam LED technology the headlamps now are able to react even more quickly, more precisely and individually to changing traffic conditions. On top of this, there are expanded functions of which a driver will become directly aware, such as anticipatory camera-based curve recognition with the active light function. With such features Mercedes-Benz once again is demonstrating its role as an innovation leader in the automobile industry."

As we have previously reported, the 2015 CLS will features modest styling tweaks and an updated interior with a freestanding COMAND display. The model could be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed but other reports have indicated an unveiling in October.

Gallery: 2015 Mercedes CLS teased with new Multibeam LED headlights

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