2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Preview

  • Freshened exterior look

  • Redesigned larger exterior mirrors

  • New 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Sportier 3-spoke steering wheel

  • New gauges in white with silver backgrounds

  • Bluetooth integrated into the COMAND (COckpit MANagement and Data) infotainment system

  • North American sales start in Spring 2008


The CLS-Class debuted in the 2006 model year. An all-new design, the vehicle was based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class chassis, but with a longer and sleeker body. Style took precedence over function, so the incrementally larger CLS-Class actually offers less interior room than its sibling E-Class. Avoiding the dilemma, Mercedes-Benz took the opportunity to market the CLS as the world's first 4-door coup_. Its success spawned a trend of other 4-door coup_s that include the new Volkswagen Passat CC and even the BMW X6. While the CLS-Class is offered in the European market with a large choice of engines, the North American market is presented with two strong 8-cylinder powerplants. For the 2009 model year, Mercedes made minor cosmetic changes to the interior and exterior, and updated the vehicle's technology.


Complementing the sleek nose of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a new, and more dramatic, 2-bar grille that replaces the original 4-bar grille. The mesh behind the grille, traditionally finished in black, is now Atlas Grey. The sides of the CLS sport larger exterior mirrors with integrated arrow-shaped turn signals. The rear of the vehicle has been fitted with a new bumper, dual trapezoidal exhaust pipes, and arrow-shaped LED taillights. New dual-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior upgrades. The interior features a sportier 3-spoke steering wheel in front of new white-on-silver instrument gauges. The COMAND infotainment system now incorporates Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone and audio operation, and a 6-disc CD "stacker" unit.


Two different Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class models have been announced for the 2009 model year. Both models feature standard rear-wheel drive and 8-cylinder powerplants. The CLS550 features a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The powerful CLS63 AMG is fitted with an AMG-designed 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 507 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. In the CLS63 AMG, the transmission is an AMG Speedshift that may be shifted manually by either a conventional lever or via Formula 1-style shift paddles on the AMG sport steering wheel.