Changes include an updated front section which includesa diamond radiator grille, a new front bumper with larger air intakes as well asall-LED headlamps in a new design. Alternatively both vehicle models are available as an option with the new Multibeam LED headlamps. This technology is quite innovative as it used a camera-based Adaptive Highbeam which relays information to the lights. If it detects illuminated oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, it adjusts the 24 LEDs electronically so that individual areas of the road are specifically masked in accordance with the particular situation.
The interior has been upgraded too with improved quality in terms of the materials used. There’s also a new eight-inch, free-standing colour display in the head unit as well as redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel, while the central control panel in the centre console has four, instead of the previous two, buttons.
On the mechanical side there’s a new 9G-Tronic, nine-speed automatic transmission. There will be a range of five engines available in the new generation of the CLS-Class. The newest is the CLS 220 BlueTec which features a 125kW/400Nm four-cylinder diesel while the CLS 250 BlueTec produces 150kW/ 500Nm from its four-cylinder diesel unit. Then there’s a bigger V6 diesel in the CLS 350 BlueTec with figures of 190kW/620 Nm.
On the petrol front, there’s a new V6 turbo petrol engine in the CLS 400 which produces 245kW/480 Nm. The CLS 500 tops the non-AMG range with its 300kW/ 600Nm while from the high-performance AMG division, comes the monstrous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo in the CLS 63 AMG which churns out a massive 430kW/800Nm.