Mercedes-Benz has fully revealed the 2015 CLS facelift, following a teaser released earlier this week.
The main highlight of the moderately revised CLS is the addition of Multibeam LED headlights equipped with 24 individually-controlled LEDs automatically adjusted 100 times per second by using a camera and four control units. The high-tech system is capable of detecting oncoming vehicles and can automatically adjust the light beam so that it won't affect traffic participants. Moreover, the headlights can also detect upcoming bends and illuminate them ahead of time while the navigation system will detect roundabouts and then the headlight beam will be modified to provide optimal visibility.
A CLS 220 BlueTEC has joined the range with a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine delivering 170 PS (125 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). The same motor develops 204 PS (150 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in the CLS 250 BlueTEC while a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 258 PS (190 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) is offered in the CLS 350 BlueTEC.
There's also a new CLS 400 (replacing the CLS 350 CGI) equipped with a V6 3.5-liter bi-turbo engine which produces 26 PS (19 kW) and 110 Nm (81 lb-ft) more than its predecessor, granting an output of 333 PS (245 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft). Up next is the CLS 500 with 408 PS (300 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft), while the AMG-powered CLS and CLS Shooting Brake continue with a V8 5.5-liter bi-turbo delivering 557 PS & 720 Nm and 585 PS & 800 Nm in the S-Model.
Opt for the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350 BlueTEC or CLS 500 and you can order Mercedes-Benz's 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission which promises to slash fuel consumption while "enhancing shift comfort and agility." It is important to mention all engines now meet the Euro 6 emissions standards.
It takes a keen eye to spot the visual tweaks brought to the refreshed CLS lineup but we do notice the front bumper has slightly larger air ducts, the front grille has received a diamond pattern while at the back the taillights have a darker tint. On the inside there is a new eight-inch free-standing color display, together with an updated three-spoke steering wheel and other minor enhancements.
Additional details can be found in the attached press release.