Four-door Mercedes CLS-Class Coupe launched

Mercedes-Benz has revealed details of the new CLS-Class four-door coupe, available to order in some markets now.

Available in two versions, the CLS 350 and CLS 500 with V6 and V8 power respectively, the CLS-Class is designed to offer the looks of a coupe but the practicality of a saloon. The boot of the new CLS-Class holds up to 505 litres (VDA).

Priced at 54,346 euros for the CLS 350 and 67,280 euros for the CLS 500, the car is packed with Mercedes’ various latest technologies, despite the three-pointed star announcing earlier that many of its complex systems would be revised or removed from future models.

Expect to find KEYLESS-GO, LINGUATRONIC, COMAND APS, AIRMATIC DC air suspension and THERMOTRONIC four-zone climate control, nestling among the more usual kit such as bi-xenon headlamps with Active Light System and dynamic multi-contour seats.

The CLS 350 is powered by a new 272 bhp V6 engine, developing 350Nm of torque at 2400 rpm, and coupled to the new 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Standard spec includes THERMATIC automatic climate control, a stereo radio (eh?), speed-sensitive power steering, leather-trimmed steering wheel, 17-inch light-alloy wheels and 245/45 R 17 tyres.

The CLS 500 uses a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 306 bhp and 460Nm. Additional equipment includes AIRMATIC DC air suspension, THERMOTRONIC luxury climate control and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with 245/40 R 18 tyres.

An AMG version, powered by a 476bhp 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine will be available from spring 2005, and will be fitted with nappa leather AMG sports seats, bi-xenon headlamps with Active Light System and a five-speed automatic transmission with SPEEDSHIFT function. The CLS 55 AMG will be priced at 96,164 euros.