The update affects the full CLS range—regular four-door, high-performance CLS63 AMG, and the CLS Shooting Brake sold overseas—and includes the addition of MULTIBEAM LED headlights, a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, more powerful engines, and a more advanced infotainment system.
The new styling is only featured at the front of the cars. The changes consist of a new bumper design with more aggressive air intakes, as well as a revised grille which is now available with Mercedes’ expressive diamond pattern. The internal graphic of the headlights have also been updated and are now available with MULTIBEAM LED technology, which automatically adjusts the light path to prevent other drivers from being blinded. This allows the high beams to be left permanently on, though this means the feature is unlikely to be offered to American customers.
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For 2015, the CLS550’s twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 is rated at 408 horsepower, while the CLS63 AMG’s twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 is rated at 557 hp. Opt for the CLS63 AMG S-Model and power rises to a staggering 585 hp. Note, the AMG models continue with 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard, and most likely their previous seven-speed autos as well.
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Inside the cars, the infotainment system has been upgraded to meet the specification common to that of Mercedes’ latest range. This sees a new 8.0-inch display fitted to the center stack that works together with the COMAND interface. New for the CLS is the availability of COMAND Online internet connectivity and app system, which when connected with a smartphone allows for internet browsing. COMAND Online also provides the LINGUATRONIC voice control system. Finally, the design of the steering wheel has been updated and five new interior colors and six trim finishes added to the list of options for the CLS.
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Specifications for the U.S. market will be announced closer to the sales launch of the 2015 CLS this fall.