2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan
Benefits of Driving a 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan
Mercedes-Benz calls the CLS-Class a coupe, but it's actually a 4-door sedan that's considerably more curvaceous than most sedans. It's also part of a growing group of models that are curvier than traditional luxury sedans--including the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera. But while both of those other models come with hatches, the CLS-Class has a trunk. For many shoppers, the relative rarity of the CLS-Class is a selling point; it looks like no other car out there. Performance is another reason to pick the CLS-Class; with new twin-turbo V8s, it performs even better than before with better gas mileage. And there are also a number of tech firsts in the CLS-Class, including the world's first LED headlights.
What's new for 2012?
The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has been entirely redesigned for 2012 for the first time since its introduction in 2006. The new model gets new proportions, a sportier stance, much-improved aerodynamics and an entirely new lineup of twin-turbo V8 engines. The CLS-Class also includes some of the latest safety and technology features from Mercedes-Benz.
- Strong turbo V8 engines
- class-leading tech and safety features
- superb cabin materials
- high-speed poise
- a sports coupe look in a 4-door package
The all-new CLS-Class is offered in two different models for 2012: a CLS550, with a 402-horsepower, 4.6L V8, and a higher-performance CLS63 AMG with a 518-hp, 5.5L V8. Both engines have a twin-turbo setup, along with direct injection, and come with a 7-speed automatic, but the CLS63 comes with a special AMG multi-clutch technology (MCT) transmission that uses a clutch instead of a torque converter for better responsiveness, quicker shifts and a more direct feel during high-performance driving.