Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CLS Blends Style with Attitude

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CLS Blends Style with Attitude

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Byline: Chris Russon

SWISH, suave and sophisticated were the standards set by Mercedes when it created the CLS super coupe.

With four doors, four seats and the sleekest of bodies, the CLS carved out a new niche for the fashion conscious. Here was a car whose success was driven by emotion and desire - not just raw performance and reputation.

Six years on, and with 17,000 sold in Britain, Mercedes is setting out to play with a few more heart strings by introducing a new CLS.

But while the new model remains slippery in profile, it has grown some chunky bits. The nose is abrupt, the bonnet chiselled in a mean way and the rear wheel arches have the Ponton treatment of the 1950s as recreated by Mercedes for the current E-Class models.

Shining out from either side of the front grille are LED clusters including the option of the world's first fully automatic headlamp system made up of 71 ultra bright diodes.

Not only do LEDs use less energy than conventional lamps they also last significantly longer and give out illumination more akin to daylight.

The groundbreaking set up is one of three new features Mercedes is introducing on the second generation CLS and all are designed to save energy keeping CO emissions low. For the first time on a Mercedes all four doors are made from aluminium to keep weight down while the CLS is also fitted with an electro-mechanical power steering system which uses energy only when the car is manoeuvring.

However, coupled to a rather chunky steering wheel, the feel is rather sterile and takes some getting used to.

The CLS is fitted with the Mercedes 7 G-Tronic auto box with the gear selector mounted on the steering column.

Manual changes come from steering wheel paddles and the gearing can be configured for an eco mode which engages a stop/start system.

Compared to the previous CLS, Mercedes has chopped exhaust emissions significantly on all four engines which will be available. …

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