Mercedes-Benz India has launched the CLS four door coupe in India. The bold original CLS was launched in 2004, the second generation made its debut in 2011 while we have an all-new third generation offered in 2018. The newly launched Mercedes-Benz CLS is up against the likes of the upcoming new-gen Audi A7, and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe in India. The prices for the new luxury car starts at Rs. 84.7 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The third generation of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS shares same DNA with the company’s current design language. It’s based on similar underpinnings to the Mercedes E-class – but with a blob of tech from the S-class – it’s the first CLS coupe to feature five seats rather than four. It gets a more aggressive front and the longer bonnet looks impressive now. The 2018 CLS stays true to its design language – a shiny and sexy four-door coupe with a sloping roofline and frameless doors and is one of those rare cars that looks considerably better in the metal as compared to how it looks in the pictures.
The rear profile of the CLS gets the characteristic Mercedes-Benz coupe tail lamp cluster with the horizontally set tail lamps and a short stubby boot. The car also gets a set of split 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels painted in a shade of silver. The new LED DRLs and the slimmer grille are inspired by the AMG GT Coupe model.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the CLS’s split tail-lights, rear bumper reflectors, registration plate location at the rear and the logo at the centre of the boot-lid are design elements shared with all coupe models. On the inside, the CLS gets the usual Mercedes-Benz cabin with great design and a great sense of quality. The cabin is inspired by the E and S-Class with a dual 12.3-inch display, one for infotainment and one for the digital dashboard. A set of four jet turbine-like air vents in the centre, along with lots of leather, high-quality wood and metal ups the luxury standard of the car. Although the new CLS is technically a five-seater in theory, but it is best suited for grown up adults since the roofline does take away the interior space a little.
Under the hood, the CLS gets a CLS300d version, powered by a Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) compliant 2.0-litre engine the churns out maximum power output of about 242bhp and develops and peak torque of 500 Nm. The new CLS comes mated to a 9-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox that propels to car from 0-100 in 6.2 seconds, reaching a top-speed of 250 kmph.
The new CLS has a four-link suspension at the front and a five-link suspension at the rear. A dynamically set-up steel comfort suspension is standard equipment. The optionally available dynamic body control suspension has a sporty basic setup and includes continuously adjustable damping at the front and rear axle. The selectable driving modes are Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Also available on request is the air body control air suspension with an improved, adjustable and adaptive damping system. The driver is able to choose vehicle characteristics from comfortable to sporty using the driving mode switch.