The All new Mercedes-Benz CLS to launch this November

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Mercedes- India has launched the face lifted CLS 250 CDI in India. Priced at INR 76.5 lac. The car sits in between the E and the S Class, and will be sold in the country as a CBU. The CLS is the stylised version of the Mercedes cars. Offering that extra bit of drama that is missing from their premium lineup. While the looks have been a hit with the Indian buyers, the big petrol engine and high price tag has been a spoilsport.

Mercedes tries to fix both the issues with the face lifted CLS. The new 250 CDI diesel is more efficient. And also significantly more affordable than before. We drive the new CLS to find out if it is an apt replacement for the standard and boring looking luxury cars.

Design & Features 

The styling of CLS is defined by diamond grill up front, aggressive front bumper with large air intakes. Muscular wheel arches, long wheelbase, and dropping roofline, and dynamic rear. The interiors of the car are fully customisable and the comfort features. Include automatic climate control, multifunctional steering wheel, electrically adjustable. And foldable outside rear view Mirrors, rear sunblind, electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings.

The majority of styling updates on this model are upfront. Consisting of a new bumper with more aggressive air intakes. And a revised grille featuring brand’s expressive diamond pattern.The sleek lines, great dimensions and overall stance of the new CLS is spot on. And although the rear is a bit polarising, once Indian buyers have a look at it in the metal, we expect that view to change.

Engine

The new CLS will get a choice of engine options. While details on the petrol isn’t confirmed yet, the diesel will be the CLS300d. Which is a 2-litre BS6 engine that is also available in the recently updated C-Class facelift. The engine makes 241 bhp of peak power. 500 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a rear wheel drive setup through the new 9-speed automatic gearbox. We expect the petrol to also be the CLS300 as the same engine is also expected to make its debut on the C-Class soon. Unlike previous generation CLS models though, this new version will not have a CLS63 AMG variant. But instead have the CLS53, which will be the 6-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid powertrain for blistering performance.

Also, there is muted diesel clatter at idling through the well-insulated cabin though it disappears as the revs climb. Driving in the city does take a toll on the efficiency. But out on the highway it is a comfortable tourer cruising at 120kph under 2,200rpm. We managed to clock over 780km with a full tank and with an efficiency of over 11kmpl before reaching the reserve full.


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