The new Mercedes-Benz CLS coupé– which has been the subject of much positive comment since its debut at last year’s Paris Motor Show - has arrived in Ireland.
Successor to the version first released in 2003, this new edition CLS continues the pioneering design that made its predecessor one of the most iconic models ever produced by Mercedes-Benz
Built on an E-Class platform, the four-door CLS combines executive-class comfort with the sporty appeal of a coupé. These qualities are reflected in an elongated bonnet, frameless low-slung narrow windows, muscular shoulders and dynamic roofline that sweeps elegantly towards the rear.
Two models make up the range that will be marketed here - both diesel powered and both equipped with Blue efficiency technology that delivers reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions and lower road tax.
First of the two is a four-cylinder CLS 250 CDI automatic which comes on the market at 65,750 euro ex works, a figure some 23% lower than the model it replaces. Delivering a C02 figure of 134g, it will have road tax of 156 euro per annum.
Second is a V6 CLS 350 CDI automatic. With a C02 figure of 159g, this version will have annual road tax of 447 euro. Selling at 71,700 euro, it is priced significantly lower than the previous 320 CDI which sold at 84,850 euro.
In appearance, the CLS has a striking grille design distinctly reminiscent of the new SLS AMG in which the dominant element is a large star that underlines its family link to other Mercedes-Benz coupés. Flared wheel arches and large air inlets with black grilles add to its athletic appearance.
Inside, a wrap-around cockpit design is the prominent feature. A downward sweeping door trim echoes the exterior line. Five colours, five trim designs and three qualities of leather are available so that each CLS can be configured according to taste. High-quality trim elements also include a choice of three wood finishes.
The CLS is the first of six new Mercedes-Benz models arriving here this year, others being a C-Class facelift and coupé (April), SLK (April), B-Class and M-Class (November/December).