The next generation CLS: Cult design featuring a futuristic lighting system

Jun 28, 2014
Mercedes-Benz has comprehensively revised both the four-door CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. These two iconic designs now have a more incisive front section. As the interior has been enhanced even further, there are many new, perfectly presented details waiting to be discovered that combine modern luxury and a hand-crafted feel with a passion for sport. The vehicles' technical innovations bring exemplary functionality on the road. Futuristic MULTIBEAM LED headlamps take the lighting system into a new dimension. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions. Other leading-edge technologies include the nine-speed automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC, powerful new engines, intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems, as well as an advanced multimedia system with internet access. In terms of performance, the AMG versions – the CLS 63 AMG Coupé and Shooting Brake - take pole position with an output of up to 430 kW (585 hp). All models come with the many new online services offered by "Mercedes connect me".
When Mercedes-Benz launched the CLS ten years ago it established the four‑door coupé segment, thus underlining the brand's leadership role in automotive design. For the first time, here was a vehicle combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. What is more, the CLS was the first vehicle to be available with dynamic LED High Performance headlamps, making it iconic in terms of its lighting system. In 2012 Mercedes-Benz continued this success by introducing the CLS Shooting Brake. This sporty five-door vehicle once again demonstrated the premium brand's creative design credentials. Given the sports car's exceptional form with five seats and a large tailgate, the attractive CLS Shooting Brake is ideal for active people who like to travel in style but don't follow the mainstream or want to miss out on either sportiness or load space. As such, the Shooting Brake is a further highlight in the long line of innovative luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. Due to their immense charisma both the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake have established themselves as style icons, and continue to stand out as exceptional in their segment.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: "We've produced iconic designs on wheels in the shape of the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake. The exciting lines of the most recent versions once again set the pulse racing. With new, high-tech additions such as innovative MULTIBEAM LED headlamps (which start a new chapter in lighting design), nine-speed automatic transmission and advanced multimedia system, both models also define a new technological leadership position."
The CLS-Class's exciting design and thrilling proportions were subtly adapted to these high-tech demands. As before, it has a long bonnet, a slim window line with frameless side windows and a roof with a dynamic rearward slope. With the unique, low roof flowing back to its rear end, the five-door CLS Shooting Brake provides up to 1550 litres of load space for luggage or sports and leisure equipment. All in all, the designs of the latest-generation CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake are more dynamic than ever. How so? Examples include an expressive new diamond radiator grille, a pronounced front bumper with large air intakes, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps and new, darkened rear tail lights with multi-level functionality.
Taking the lighting system into a new dimension
Both models are already equipped with LED High Performance headlamps as standard. Alternatively, both vehicle models are optionally available with new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps as designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz. This innovation sees Mercedes-Benz starting a new chapter in lighting design. Since MULTIBEAM LED technology combines the best of today's lighting technologies and is able to adjust the light distribution very quickly and automatically to virtually any road and traffic conditions, it always ensures thus far unrivalled broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the carriageway for high performance and precision without dazzling other car drivers.
The camera-based Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus system supplies the information required for illumination. If it detects oncoming traffic or vehicles in front with their lights on, each of the 24 individual, high-performance LEDs in a matrix light source is controlled electronically so that various areas of the road surface can be masked out, depending on the situation. Combining the matrix light source with proven LED Intelligent Light System technology, the headlamp control system improves on the precision of today's light sources and sets a gap with a minimal width for the main beam. In this way, other car drivers are not dazzled but drivers of the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake always benefit from the best possible – in other words brightest – illumination of the road and carriageway edges. These anti-dazzle, main-beam headlamps can be kept on permanently. New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps therefore offer a new level of safety, which benefits other road users too.
In addition to the camera on the windscreen, this new lighting system uses four control units per vehicle, which calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each precision LED module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages. New MULTIBEAM LED headlamps provide exceptionally fast and precise, anti-dazzle continuous main beam and light up the road surface and its edges much more brightly in many situations.
Optimum vision on bends and roundabouts
As well as the high-performance, precision LED module, each MULTIBEAM LED headlamp contains a module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled up to 12 degrees to the outside for an active light function with special features that have never been achieved before. The latter is likewise camera-controlled. For example, an anticipatory function means that the active light function starts to swivel before the driver has even turned. The bend is therefore illuminated effectively as soon as possible. This active light function will also swivel back to the straight-on position before the corner ends, allowing the driver to identify dangers earlier when entering and exiting bends. The anticipatory control allows an additional range of between 30 and 60 metres, depending on the traffic situation. Another unique feature is used at roundabouts: before entering onto a roundabout, the cornering light function is activated to the left and right to ensure maximum visibility on all sides at an early stage. For this purpose the navigation system supplies the positions of roundabouts on the route to the headlamps.
A friendly greeting: "welcome home" function
One charming feature of the new MULTIBEAM LED headlamps is that, in addition to providing daytime running lamps, side lights and turn signal lamps via multifunctional fibre-optic cable, they also welcome the driver by casting a pleasant blue light when the vehicle is unlocked.
Sporty interior featuring modern luxury
Ample space; simple, sporty elegance; hand-crafted perfection, and premium materials are hallmarks of the CLS family's stylish interior. The new generation ramps up this impression by placing greater emphasis on sportiness, exclusivity and functionality. A new, free-standing colour display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8") will help to define the dashboard's contemporary styling. Also new are the redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel and many refined details, which contribute to the interior's high quality look and feel. The central control panel in the centre console now has four buttons rather than just two previously, thus speeding up operations in many cases. With five attractive interior colours, six types of trim and different qualities of leather to choose from, including Leather PASSION Exclusive, the possibilities for individualisation are vast.
Fulfilling your wish list
The new AMG Line Plus supplements the existing Exterior Sports package and AMG Line design and equipment lines and, as the expression of exclusive sportiness and dynamism, increases the potential for individualisation. By the end of the year a special Night package is set to extend the selection further. New designo interior packages are also available.
Efficient, sporty engines
Thrilling dynamism and exemplary efficiency are the strong points of the five engines available for the next-generation CLS-Class. All are compliant with the Euro 6 standard. New to the class is the CLS 220 BlueTEC with a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring fourth-generation common rail direct injection, two-stage turbocharging and BlueTEC technology. It generates 125 kW (170 hp) with maximum torque of 400 Nm. The four-cylinder diesel engine in the CLS 250 BlueTEC, meanwhile, has 150 kW (204 hp) and torque of 500 Nm available on demand. Surpassing these figures, the V6 diesel engine in the CLS 350 BlueTEC delivers 190 kW (258 hp) and 620 Nm of torque.
Equally new is the V6 petrol engine with exhaust gas turbocharging in the CLS 400. Endowed with a biturbo drive system, it has a 3.5-litre displacement. Thanks to its high output potential and extremely high torque at low engine speeds, this engine sets new benchmarks in its segment. Compared to its predecessor, which had a naturally aspirated engine, output is 20 kW more at 245 kW (333 hp). Its torque increases by 110 Nm to 480 Nm and is available in the wide engine speed range from 1200 to 4000 rpm. The CLS 500 hits its power peak at 300 kW (408 hp) and up to 600 Nm of torque. In future, four models (rather than the previous two) will be offered with permanent all-wheel drive. The newcomers are the CLS 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC and the CLS 400 4MATIC.
Maximum performance and efficiency: the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine
410 kW (557 hp) to 430 kW (585 hp) and 720 to 800 Nm – the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine ranks among the world's most efficient series-production eight-cylinder engines when it comes to peak output, torque and fuel consumption. The CLS 63 AMG with 410 kW (557 hp) and rear-wheel drive consumes 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined; 231 grams CO2 per kilometre). The variant with 410 kW and performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the S-Model with 430 kW (585 hp) and all-wheel drive come in only slightly above at 10.4 to 10.6 litres per 100 km (243 grams to 248 grams CO2/km). All CLS 63 AMG models already meet the second stage of the EU6 emissions standard.
New automatic transmission with nine gears
Other leading-edge technology includes the world's first nine-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium segment: 9G-TRONIC is deployed in the CLS 220 BlueTEC, CLS 250 BlueTEC, CLS 350 BlueTEC and CLS 500. This innovation builds on the strengths of 7G-TRONIC PLUS, which continues to set standards in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears 9G-TRONIC lowers fuel consumption whilst simultaneously boosting ease of shifting and agility.
The usual high Mercedes standard of quality
In order to make maximum safety accessible to all, in future the CLS-Class will be equipped with many new and feature-enhanced assistance systems. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS is already part of the standard equipment. It can help to avoid rear-end collisions – by way of autonomous brake application if necessary.
The latest assistance systems from the S-Class are also available as optional extras. These include DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLUS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC including parking in end-on spaces, as well as a 360° camera.
Ideally networked
In future, a completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake, featuring elaborate animations and visual effects which present all functions in a clear and attractive manner.
A choice of infotainment system (Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online) is available in conjunction with the new, free-standing display in the head unit with a 20.3 cm screen diagonal (8"). Both enable the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. A Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone with data option is all it takes. Equally new is a now standard and integral Media Interface for connecting an iPod® or iPhone®.
Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search with StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook can be used while on the move in conjunction with COMAND Online. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, for example via Bluetooth®, from an Apple iPod® or iPhone®, from an SD card, USB stick or CD/DVD.
COMAND Online additionally comes with the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system; digital TV/radio reception is a further option.
Modern-style navigation
In the version with pre-installation the basic Audio 20 CD system can be supplemented with the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system. Its merits include 3D views with exact representation of streets and buildings, and photo-realistic Cross-Traffic and Lane Assistants. The navigation software and map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted into the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD with pre-installation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT.
The fast 3D hard-disc navigation of COMAND Online with topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations, as well as display of NASA satellite images, makes for a sensory experience. System features include an animated compass and Google Maps displayed on the head unit. The navigation system is also able to provide real-time information about the situation on the roads when COMAND Online receives traffic data via the internet by means of the Live Traffic Information service.
Telephony via Bluetooth® with HD Voice as standard
Both the basic Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online come as standard with basic telephony, which connects the mobile phone with the vehicle via a standardised Bluetooth® interface, featuring HD Voice. This latter feature significantly improves voice quality. What is more, in conjunction with convenience telephony the fast LTE network can be used if a compatible smartphone is provided on an appropriate contract.
Mercedes connect me – new online link to your car
In Europe, the next-generation CLS-Class launches with a new package of services known as "Mercedes connect me". Mercedes-Benz emergency call and an accident, maintenance and breakdown management solution, among other services, are made available via a standard COM module with its own SIM card integrated into the vehicle. Via "" customers are able to connect with their vehicle anytime and anywhere using the internet to find out how full the tank is, for example.
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Klasse model year 2014, MULTIBEAM LED headlamps