The 402-hp 4.7-liter V-8 combines twin turbos and numerous advances to deliver more torque from less fuel, with cleaner emissions. Rapid-multispark ignition can fire up to four times per millisecond, while high-pressure Direct Injection can fine-tune fuel spray in 0.1 millisecond, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand" ancillary components further boost efficiency.
A fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop feature can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
For the ideal balance of control and comfort, the AIRMATIC semi-active suspension employs electronically controlled air springs. Every time a wheel moves up or down, the system automatically selects one of four damping profiles for each spring-strut. Sport and Comfort modes let drivers match the handling character to their mood. Automatic 4-wheel level control adapts for additional cargo or passengers, and lowers the car at higher speeds for improved aerodynamics.
With a greater range of ratios and shorter steps between gears, the new 9-speed automatic changes gears more quickly but nearly imperceptibly. Along with a more seamless delivery of power, the lighter, more versatile transmission enhances quiet riding comfort and fuel-efficiency. The electronic selector and shift paddles let you control all gear changes with your hands on the steering wheel. And drivers can select any of three modes to suit their motoring mood: ECO, Sport and Manual.
Advanced electromechanical power steering delivers quicker response in corners, easier maneuvering at low speeds, along with precise on-center feel and straight-line stability.
The original 4-door coupe is still the trendsetter, a position of leadership reasserted for 2015 with fresh new design details. From its aggressively resculpted front fascia and glistening new grille to its muscular rear shoulders, the CLS displays its muscle from any angle. Its arching roofline is taut like an archer's bow, with its the frameless side glass providing the ideal complement to its coupe profile. Once again, four sensible doors have never felt so sensual.
Bold, wide and upright, the CLS grille combines an iconic outline and central Star with the diamond-block texture that's become a signature of Mercedes-Benz coupes. Radiating from the Star is a series of intricate hexagonal "pins," each one individually shaped by the car's designer to optimize both aesthetics and airflow. Each pin is tipped in chrome for a look that's positively captivating.
Aggressive sculpting of its deep front air dam, flared side sills and rear valance visually hug the road, and embrace the staggered-width 18-inch wheels. A polished chrome cross-strut underscores the front air dam, expertly guiding airflow and rewarding your lingering gaze past the shapely side sills to a deep rear valance with a black diffuser insert, and a chrome crossbar bridging its dual trapezoidal tailpipes.
Full-LED active headlamps generate light whose brightness, color and beam patterns approximate natural daylight even more closely than Bi-Xenon headlamps. Intricately detailed arrangements of LEDs within each headlamp create distinctive looks for the Daytime Running Lamps and turn signals as well.
A signature of every Mercedes-Benz coupe is its impeccably finished 4-passenger cabin. The CLS started a new tradition by welcoming its occupants through their own individual doors. Once inside, they'll each enjoy a seat that's individually tailored for their sole accommodation and situated in its own comfort zone alongside the full-length central console.
Standard 18-inch alloy wheels offer a confident stance and five sets of V-shaped spokes in a luminous silver finish. Staggered in width, the rear wheels and all-season tires are wider than the fronts, for greater acceleration grip without sacrificing crisp steering feedback. Disclaimer
At the touch of a button, the tinted glass sunroof tilts up at the rear for ventilation, or slides open for a breezy view of the sky. An express feature fully opens or closes the roof with a single touch, and a manual sliding sunshade helps block out unwanted sunlight.
Hand-polished Burl Walnut wood, prized for its rich color and distinctive grain patterns, graces the console, dash and doors, lending the cockpit a further air of refinement. It's one of four no-charge wood choices for the CLS550.
With its rich, deep tones, hand-polished Black Ash wood adorns the console, dash and doors to create a dramatically modern, seriously sporty cockpit ambience. It's one of four no-charge wood choices for the CLS550.
The distinctively mottled grain of Poplar wood is hand-finished to a modern satin sheen in a light brown stain. It's one of four no-charge wood choices for the CLS550.
With a dramatic linear grain and warm brown hue, new Linden wood's hand-polished glow reflects the deep devotion to craftsmanship at Mercedes-Benz. It's one of four no-charge wood choices for the CLS550.
Wrapped in supple Nappa leather, the 3-spoke steering wheel includes power tilt and telescopic adjustment. For fingertip access to some of the vehicle functions you use most often, convenient buttons on the wheel adjust the audio volume and selection, send and end calls on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, and scroll through the features of the multifunction display in the instrument cluster.
Radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, or even some stationary objects, at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. As soon as the driver starts to brake, its Adaptive Brake Assist automatically provides the ideal level of braking, to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. New for 2015, the system can also initiate braking automatically from speeds up to 65 mph, and even activate the features of PRE-SAFE® if deemed necessary. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. With enhanced sensitivity, the system can also help detect drivers who begin their trip drowsy, and offer more useful information to drivers along their journey via the dashboard display. Disclaimer
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace® offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping in an emergency, mbrace combines advanced cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. The mbrace hardware is standard, and a trial period for each of the three mbrace Packages is included. Disclaimer
A Mercedes-Benz first, PRE-SAFE can detect instability during certain vehicle maneuvers that suggest a collision or rollover is imminent. It can then tighten the front seat belts, adjust the front passenger seat, and close the windows and sunroof, all in an effort to better prepare the occupants and restraints in the moments before a collision. If no accident occurs, the seat-belt tensioners reverse, and you simply readjust your seat, open the sunroof and continue on your way. Disclaimer
Arguably our most important passive safety feature, all four 3-point seat belts are equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, ETDs instantly remove slack from the seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
An advanced system of 10 air bags offers 12-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front side-impact air bags, front pelvic air bags, dual front knee air bags, and side curtain air bags for both seating rows are standard. Disclaimer
In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO front head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of front-seat occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
Brake Assist senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal and immediately applies maximum available power boost. Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance by eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough. Letting up on the brake pedal releases Brake Assist. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP® can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating whenever the car is switched on. LED technology also illuminates the brake lamps more quickly, offering drivers behind you more time to react, which could make a critical difference in a panic stop. With long life and low energy consumption, LED lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
High-strength/low-alloy (HSLA) steel provides greater resistance to bending and flexing than conventional steel of similar weight. HSLA and ultra-high-strength steel are used in critical areas of the body structure, such as the roof pillars, floor and roof crossmembers, door beams and various reinforcements throughout the body.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and trunk opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. You may selectively unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or all doors plus the trunk and fuel filler.
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the trunk or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust the intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall.
As sensors on the inside mirror detect the headlamp beams of vehicles behind you, both the inside and driver-side mirrors gradually darken to reduce reflected glare. To help maintain your rear vision, dimming is automatically cancelled when you shift to Reverse or if an interior light is switched on.
Intuitive, seat-shaped controls help you and your front passenger find your ideal seating positions with 14-way power adjustment, including a power lumbar support. A memory system for each front seat recalls three stored seat positions with the touch of a button. The driver-seat memory also includes the power steering column and side mirror positions. Standard heating offers soothing comfort in chilly weather.
A network of efficient LEDs and fiber optics casts a gentle glow from beneath the trim on the dashboard and door panels, both to welcome occupants into the cabin and to help make nighttime driving feel more secure. For an added touch of personality, any of three illumination color profiles (Polar, Solar and Neutral) can be selected.
Supple, richly grained double-stitched leather is hand-fitted to the seating surfaces and head restraints.
Electrically heated front seats quickly take the chill out of even the coldest day. Three levels of warming automatically step down after several minutes to the lowest setting.
Separate left and right temperature controls allow the driver and front passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes sun and humidity sensors, and an integrated filtration system that helps remove dust, pollen and even odors from the cabin air.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Three buttons on the rearview mirror can be programmed to operate many types of garage door openers, security gates and other HomeLink-compatible features. Disclaimer
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you're ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
Featuring a new 8-inch high-resolution color display and enhanced central controller on the console, the CLS gives you convenient control of entertainment, hands-free calling, navigation and numerous comfort functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. The new freestanding screen combines a substantially larger display with a sleeker profile. Disclaimer
Specifically engineered for the CLS, this premium digital sound system fills the cabin with 610 watts of beautifully balanced audio. No fewer than 14 strategically placed speakers deliver a wholly immersive listening experience through Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound technology. Digital Dynamic Volume Control impeccably and imperceptibly maintains the sound spectrum for consistent listening pleasure in varying driving conditions. Disclaimer
Using GPS technology and an 80GB hard drive to store maps and points of interest, this virtual copilot provides detailed driving directions with remarkable speed and a friendly voice. The COMAND® system's 8-inch high-resolution color screen also displays gas stations, ATMs and Mercedes-Benz dealerships along your route within the contiguous U.S., Canada and Oahu, Hawaii, with periodic updates available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Disclaimer
Roads, points of interest and even fuel stations are ever-changing. Periodic updates to your COMAND® navigation system's onboard database help it give you the most accurate guidance. Every new 2015 CLS-Class with COMAND navigation includes updates at no charge for the first three years. An update takes less than an hour for your dealer to perform, so it's convenient to have it done when you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance service. See your dealer for more details. Disclaimer
TuneIn® world radio lets you stream live programming from 70,000 live radio stations around the globe right in your car, thanks to the in-car Internet access of Mercedes-Benz mbrace®. It's easy to search for programming by artist, song or even a sports team, or browse categories by music genre, sports, talk or even location. And you can save your favorite stations for easy tune-in anytime. Disclaimer
Enhanced Voice Control lets you control the phone, audio and navigation by saying city names and your phonebook contacts normally, with no need to spell them out. You can train it to learn how you speak, and it even screens out "ums" and "ahs" and understands "yeah" for "yes". Disclaimer
Bluetooth® audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer
A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player. You don't need a special cable, just the one that came with your device, and the port even provides charging of the device's battery.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio™ technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
SiriusXM Radio offers 150+ channels of premium digital entertainment, from news, talk and sports to commercial-free music from every genre. Enjoy live broadcasts of the biggest NFL®, NCAA®, NHL® and NBA® teams, plus 150+ college sports teams. You can even set up alerts so your car lets you know when a favorite song, artist or sports team is playing. A 6-month trial of the Sirius All Access package is included, with access to 160+ channels of SiriusXM Internet Radio on your computer, smartphone and tablet. Disclaimer
SiriusXM Traffic keeps you up to date on accidents, traffic, construction and road closures, and even helps your vehicle's navigation system find the fastest route based on real-time traffic. SiriusXM Weather delivers detailed, graphical weather reports and forecasts, and you can even display the weather conditions on COMAND's split screen. Three years of service are included. Disclaimer
The Media Interface turns your car into an extension of your iPod® or other compatible digital music player. Browse, select and play your music via the vehicle's standard audio controls on the console, dash and steering wheel. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system. Disclaimer
Gracenote® is a system that recognizes and identifies the music on a CD or memory card by artist and other information, and even displays album cover art when it's available. Disclaimer
An in-dash CD player also plays audio DVDs. You can even watch a DVD movie while the vehicle is in Park. An in-dash SD memory card reader is also included, so you can play your digital music files.