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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Cult design wîth futuristic lighting system

June 19, 2014 - Stuttgart -- Mercedes-Benz has extensively revised the four-door CLS Coupe. This design icon now features a honed front section and a further upgraded interior that boasts lots of new, perfectly handcrafted details, combining contemporary luxury wîth passionate sportiness. In addition, it also brings ground-breaking technical innovations to the road. The futuristic MÚLTIBEAM LED headlamps open up new dimensions in lighting systems. High-performance, precision LED modules automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions. The cutting-edge technology on-board includes a 9-speed automatic transmission, a new powerful and fuel efficient engine, and an intelligently networked driver assistance and safety systems.

Mercedes-Benz founded the four-door coupe §egmènt ten years ago wîth the CLS, thus underlining its leading role in automotive design. The CLS combined for the first time the elegance of a coupe wîth the comfort and functionality of a sedan. (concept carz) It was also the first vehicle to offer dynamic LED High Performance headlamps as an option, turning it into the lighting icon. The CLS Coupe has long since established itself as a style icon wîth particular charisma, and will also continue to be unique in its §egmènt.

Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: 'With the CLS Coupe and the CLS Shooting Brake we have built design icons which also set the pulse racing faster in their latest incarnation courtesy of their enthralling lines. With new high-tech ingredients such as the innovative MÚLTIBEAM LED headlamps which start a new chapter in lighting design, the nine-speed automatic transmission or the progressive multimedia system, both models also define new cutting-edge technology.'

The scintillating design of the CLS-Class wîth its exciting proportions has been subtly adapted to high-tech aspirations. It steadfastly remains a compelling proposition wîth its long hood, narrow window line wîth frameless side windows and dynamically downwards sloping roof.

Overall the design of the latest generation of the CLS Coupe comes across even more dynamic. This is thanks to a new, expressive chrome diamond radiator grille, a striking front bumper wîth large air intakes and slightly darkened tail lights.

New dimensions in lighting systems

Both models now come as standard wîth all-LED headlamps in a new design. Alternatively both vehicle models are available as an option wîth the new MÚLTIBEAM LED headlamps as designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz is opening a new chapter in lighting systems wîth this innovation. Since the MÚLTIBEAM LED technology combines the very best of today's lighting technologies and can optimally adjust the light distribution instantly and automatically to virtually any traffic situation, it always ensures thus far unrivalled broad and bright illumination of the road surface and edge of the roadway for high performance and precision without dazzling other car drivers.

In addition to the camera on the windshield, 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 MÚLTIBEAM 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.

Best visibility on bends and in curves

As well as the high-performance, precision LED module, each MÚLTIBEAM LED headlamp also features a module for the low-beam headlamp, which can be swivelled outwards by up to twelve degrees. This provides an active light function, which is also camera-controlled, wîth unprecedented characteristics. For instance, it offers a preview function which already swivels the active light function when the driver has yet not turned the wheels. Thus it provides optimum illumination of the bend early on. The active light function already swivels back to the straight-ahead position before the end of the bend
according to the particular situation. This allows 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.

The curve light is also unique, which activates the cornering light function modules on the left and right before entering a roundabout in order to provide the best visibility on all sides at an early stage. The navigation system provides the headlamps wîth details of the locations of roundabouts along the route.

Sporty interior wîth contemporary luxury

Ample space, unadorned, sporty elegance, perfect craftsmanship and high- quality materials exert the stylistic influence on the interior of the CLS family. The new generation reinforces this impression by emphasising sportiness, exclusivity and functionality even more.

The new color display in the head unit wîth its 8 inch (20.3 cm) screen adds to the state-of-the-art feel and will help define the dashboard's contemporary looks. Other new features include a redesigned three-spoke sports §teering wheel and a host of exquisite details which underscore the interior's high quality both in visual and tactile terms. The central control panel in the center console has four instead of the previous two buttons, thus requiring fewer operating steps in many cases. Five attractive interior colors and six trim finishes will be available and offer a host of potential individualization options.

Efficient, sporty engines

The CLS400 houses a new 3.0L V6 bi-turbo engine which delivers an impressive 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The CLS550 has a 4.6L bi-turbo V8 engine wîth power outputs of 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

New automatic transmission wîth nine gears

Vital Stats

9-speed Automatic
Cutting-edge technology also comes in the shape of the world's first 9-speed automatic transmission wîth hydrodynamic torque converter in the premium §egmènt. This innovation builds on the strengths of the previous 7-speed automatic transmission which set the benchmark in terms of efficiency, comfort and dynamism. With nine forward gears this new transmission reduces fuel consumption while further enhancing shift comfort and agility. The CLS550 rear-wheel drive will be the first to offer this new transmission, wîth the other models receiving it later.

Hallmark Mercedes high level of safety

To make top-class safety available for everyone, the CLS-Class will in future be fitted wîth a host of new assistance systems along wîth existing systems wîth upgraded functionality. Standard-fit features include the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLÚS, which can help prevent rear-end collisions – if necessary through autonomous braking.

The state-of-the-art assistance systems from the E-Class and S-Class can also be fitted as an option. These include DISTRONIC PLÚS wîth Steering Assist, BAS PLÚS wîth Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake wîth pedestrian detection, PRE-SAFE® PLÚS, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist wîth PARKTRONIC including lateral parking manoeuvers and a 360° camera.

Optimum connectivity

A completely new multimedia generation will offer intuitive operation in the CLS Coupe, including elaborate animations and visual effects which present all the functions in a clear and highly attractive manner.

The Audio 20 CD or optional COMAND Online infotainment systems are available in combination wîth the new 8-inch color display in the head unit. Both enable the internet to be surfed without restrictions when the vehicle is stationary. The prerequisite is a Bluetooth®-capable mobile phone wîth data option. Also standard is an integrated media interface to connect an iPod® and iPhone®.

In conjunction wîth COMAND Online, Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Weather, GoogleTM Local Search wîth StreetView and Panoramio, destination/route download and Facebook are now all offered. Audio and video playback is possible from various sources, e.g. via Bluetooth®, from the Apple iPod® and iPhone®, from SD card, ÚSB stick or CD/DVD.

Modern-style navigation

Another new offering wîth the CLS facelift is the user-friendly Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation system, which comes standard on the CLS400. Its strengths include 3D views wîth exact representation of streets and buildings and photo- realistic junction and lane assistants. The navigation software and the map data are stored on an SD card, which is simply inserted in the dedicated slot of the Audio 20 CD wîth preparation for the Garmin® MAP PILOT.

Standard on the CLS550 is the COMAND Online wîth fast 3D hard-disc navigation, topographical map display, photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations as well as display of NASA satellite images provides a decidedly sensuous experience. System features include an animated compass and display of Google Maps on the head unit. The navigation system can also provide real-time information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data in COMAND Online via the internet by means of the Live Traffic Information service.

Telephony via Bluetooth® wîth HD Voice capability as standard

The basic Audio 20 CD system and COMAND Online both support HD Voice- capable basic telephony, which connects the mobile phone to the vehicle via a standardized Bluetooth® interface. HD Voice provides much better voice quality. In conjunction wîth convenience telephony the high-speed LTE network can also be used in future if a compatible smartphone wîth a relevant contract is used.

The ÚS market will launch wîth the following 2015 models in the fall of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source - Mercedes-Benz
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