The Mercedes-Benz Coupé family is more
youthful, more attractive and more innovate than ever before with the
new CLC Sports Coupé, the new-generation CLS-Class and the 4MATIC
version of the CL. The CLC is the new youngster in the Mercedes range,
the compelling entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz Coupé family.
Engineering highlights of the CLC include a new direct-steer system for
even more agile cornering, state-of-the-art infotainment systems
featuring Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation, as well as an
uprated four-cylinder engine that now develops 135 kW/ 184 hp. Fuel
consumption has been reduced by up to 10.8 percent compared with the
outgoing model. The four-door CLS Coupé looks even more stylish than
before thanks to its understated yet effective styling modifications.
The Mercedes-Benz engine line-up is joined by the 2.8-litre V6 engine
developing 170 kW/213 hp, which consumes just 9.8 litres per 100
kilometres (NEDC). The Mercedes Coupé family is headed by the luxurious
CL-Class, which is now also available for the first time with permanent
all-wheel drive. The new CL 500 4MATIC thus offers even greater
traction and handling stability in the wet, in snow or on ice.
Coupés have always been very special cars. Especially Mercedes coupés - the epitome of elegance and exclusivity in automobile design. In essence, they represent the ultimate in refinement.
No other car brand has such a proud coupé tradition and no other car
brand offers such a compelling and versatile coupé family as
The CLC is the new "youngster"
in the Mercedes Coupé family. It shares some of the family's
unmistakable features, yet retains its very own personality with its
powerful proportions and striking rear end, which sets the tone with
its youthful vitality and self-assured appearance.
The Mercedes designers have completely
redesigned the front and rear so that the Sports Coupé embodies the
contemporary Mercedes design idiom with its distinctive coupé radiator
grille featuring a large Mercedes star in the centre, and the new projection-beam headlamps.
The S-Class, the luxury CL-Class Coupé and the C-Class provided the
stylistic models. The redesigned large tailgate conceals a variable
boot with up to 1100 litres of luggage capacity.
The interior of the CLC is akin to a contemporary tailor-made suit - custom-fit and comfortable. Sports seats with better lateral support than ever, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control
and brushed aluminium trim elements form part of the standard
specification. A choice of seat covers in black, alpaca grey and a
particularly stylish combination of black and red are available to give
the interior its individual colour scheme.
Mercedes-Benz has put together the sports package
for drivers looking for sporting flair. It includes exclusive
engineering innovations and equipment extras such as 18-inch
light-alloy wheels, wide-base tyres, headlamps with black inner
surrounds, sports suspension with lowered body, leather sports steering
wheel and dark aluminium trim elements. Another special feature which
the CLC inherits from its racing car counterparts is the instrument
cluster with red needles for the speedometer and rev counter. Once the
engine is switched on, these needles spin once around the dial before
returning to their start positions.
The standard specification for the sports package includes a new direct-steer system,
which further enhances the agile driving experience of the CLC while
adding an important boost to safety. This new feature is based on the
speed-sensitive power steering and also offers a variable rack ratio
which changes as a function of the steering angle so that the driver
only has to turn the wheel slightly when cornering; the Sports Coupé
therefore responds far more spontaneously to steering commands and
offers even sportier handling. As a result, the direct-steer system
also improves handling safety in critical situations -- for instance
when taking sudden evasive action -- as the field tests conducted by
the Mercedes engineers demonstrate.
The new CLC is available with a choice of four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines
developing outputs from 90 kW/122 hp to 200 kW/272 hp. The 135 kW/184
hp powerplant in the CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR now develops an extra 15 kW/20
hp while consuming just 7.8 to 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the
NEDC cycle – the equivalent of up to 0.7 litres less than before. In
consumption terms, with its advanced turbodiesel engines, the CLC falls
into the five-litre category: the CLC 200 CDI returns
a consumption of 5.8 to 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the NEDC
cycle, up to 10.8 percent less than the outgoing model.
The Mercedes engineers have developed a new generation of infotainment units
for the CLC, bringing luxury-class cutting-edge technology to the
Sports Coupé as of September 2008. Three units are available, offering
a superb combination of colour display, twin tuner, speed-sensitive
volume control and Bluetooth mobile phone interface. An iPod, USB stick
or other external audio devices can now also be connected to the
infotainment system. A new universal media interface (optional extra)
links these devices to the on-board electronics and the Sports Coupé's
control system. The new Audio 50 APS and COMAND APS units come with a
Europe-wide DVD or hard-disc navigation system. The LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system,
which Mercedes-Benz has upgraded with a new whole-word recognition
capability, is fitted as standard if the integrated six-disc DVD
changer is specified.
CLS: four-door Mercedes Coupé refined and improved down to the last detail
Mercedes-Benz is about to make the CLS even more
irresistible with the new-generation of the world's first four-door
coupé set to be unveiled in spring 2008. Understated but masterly
neatly sums up the result of the restyling programme for the CLS: at
the front, it is the modified radiator grille that
stands out, with two louvres now instead of the previous four. The
diamond-shaped, three-dimensional grilles painted in atlas grey that
cover the air intakes project an even greater air of self-assurance as
well as adding further emphasis to the vehicle's width. The exterior mirrors have also been given a new look. The LED side indicator lamps
that are built into them are arranged in the form of an arrow to
produce a most eye-catching effect, especially in the dark. The mirror
surface has furthermore been enlarged by 32 percent to afford a clearer
view of the traffic behind and thereby boost active safety.
The CLS 280 is
equipped with a new entry-level engine, a sophisticated V6 powerplant
with a displacement of 2996 cc developing a peak output of 170 kW/231
hp and a maximum torque of 300 Newton metres. This propels the CLS 280
from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and gives it a top speed of
245 km/h. Combined fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle is 9.8 - 10.0
litres per 100 kilometres. The second V6 petrol model in the range is
the CLS 350 CGI. Its advanced six-cylinder engine with piezoelectric direct injection
and a spray-guided combustion system develops an output of 215 kW/292
hp and has a convincingly low NEDC fuel consumption of 9.1 to 9.3
litres per 100 kilometres.
CL 500 4MATIC: latest-generation luxury coupé with all-wheel drive
From summer 2008, Mercedes-Benz will also be
offering all-wheel drive for its luxury CL-Class coupé for the first
time. The new CL 500 4MATIC is equipped with a 285-kW/388-hp V8 engine,
and in addition to 4MATIC it features innovations such as the
Intelligent Light System and the anticipatory occupant protection
system PRE-SAFE® as standard. 4MATIC is permanently active and
therefore requires no response time to come to the driver's aid in
unfavourable weather and driving conditions. As a result, critical
situations can be mastered more effectively and confidently.
Weighing just 70 kilograms, the new permanent
all-wheel-drive system developed by Mercedes-Benz is the lightest drive
system of its kind. It splits the drive torque between the front and
rear axle at a ratio of 45 to 55. A twin-plate clutch at the central
differential produces a basic locking effect of around 50 Newton metres
between the front and rear axle, which allows variable torque shift
between the axles as the situation dictates and thereby achieves
further significant improvements in traction and stability in the
Mercedes-Benz combines 4MATIC as standard with
the Electronic Stability Program ESP® and the 4ETS traction system,
which brakes spinning wheels as required, increasing the drive torque
to the wheels with good grip. This allows 4ETS to achieve the effect of
conventional differential locks while offering more comfort than the
technology found in other all-wheel-drive cars.
The new CL 500 4MATIC develops an output of 285
kW/388 hp and a maximum torque of 530 Nm between 2800 and 4800 rpm. The
combined fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle is 12.1 litres per 100 kilometres - a further bonus of the new, highly efficient Mercedes all-wheel-drive system.