Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The new-generation CLS model line-up is more expensive than the model it replaces, but there is considerably more standard equipment on offer, too.
The pricing of the range-opening CLS350 model is set to start at $136,900 - well over the existing model’s base price (250d: from $115,355), but Benz’s local arm has confirmed an extensive list of standard equipment for what it predicts will be the volume model in the new CLS range, accounted for a predicted 50 per cent of sales.
All CLS models include LED headlamps, twin 12.3-inch displays (one for the driver, and one central media display), ambient lighting with illuminated air vents, Mercedes-Benz’s 'Airmatic' air suspension, 20-inch wheels, AMG exterior and interior styling packs, head-up display and leather trim with electric front seat adjustment, and climate control.
Next up the range will be the CLS450 4Matic, which will be in showrooms in the third quarter of the year priced at $155,900, plus on-road costs.
The CLS450 will add the S-Class-borrowed 'Energizing Comfort Control', which can adjust the climate, lighting, music and fragrance in the cabin within a few set modes: 'Warmth', 'Freshness', 'Vitality', 'Joy', 'Comfort' and 'Training', the latter of which instructs the occupants on exercises they can do in their seats. The CLS450 will also include a bi-modal sports exhaust system and power closing doors.
The AMG component in the range is the Mercedes-AMG CLS53 4Matic+ model, which is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter priced from $179,900 plus on-road costs. It’s essentially the replacement for the AMG CLS63 model, but is a good chuck more affordable than that existing manic flagship version (it was priced from $250,826).
The flagship AMG CLS53 will come with the AMG performance exhaust system, active multi contour front seats (with active bolstering), wireless smartphone charging and the 'Night Package' exterior finish pack.