Revised versions of the four-door Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé and its five-door estate-car sibling, the CLS Shooting Brake, have been launched in Ireland — and they’re cheaper than before.
In the line-up is a new entry-version CLS 220 BlueTEC diesel, an engine not previously available in the CLS-Class. Priced at €62,505, it is 10.5% cheaper than before. The Shooting Brake entry version is reduced to €65,000.
The CLS has established the four-door coupé segment. First introduced 10 years ago, it was followed in 2012 by its Shooting Brake estate stablemate.
The CLS retains its long bonnet, slim window line with frameless side windows, and the dynamic, rearward sloping roof that gives it its coupé-like appeal.
Combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon, it has been updated with features that include a sportier frontal design with a pronounced bumper, large air intakes, and new, studded radiator grille faced with an imposing star motif.
Along with its more incisive front section, the CLS has an enhanced interior with a new, free-standing head unit, restyled centre console, and redesigned three-spoke sports steering wheel.
There’s a choice of five interior colours, six types of trim, and different qualities of leather. The engines are more CO2-friendly and fuel-efficient. Two diesel and two petrol engines power the new CLS-Class and the most popular is likely to be the four-cylinder CLS 220 BlueTEC (170bhp/400Nm).
Its attributes include a 122 CO2 rating, 4.7-litres/100k fuel consumption, and band-one road tax of €270 per annum. Second diesel is a CLS 350, BlueTEC V6 version (258 bhp/620 Nm).
In petrol, the choice is a V6, 3.5-litre bi-turbo CLS 400 (333bhp/480Nm) and a CLS 500 (408bhp/600Nm).
For the truly sporty, two AMG versions are available.
Buoyed by a 40% growth in sales this year, and the expectation of an additional 20% increase next year, Mercedes-Benz in Ireland is confident of the CLS-Class Coupé and Shooting Brake.
“With a notable CLS-Class customer base already in place, an entry-level price significantly lower than before, and an economy now moving in a positive direction, we expect the competitive appeal of our design-specifications-price equation to lead to an increase in demand for the CLS in the year and years ahead,” said the Mercedes passenger-car sales manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen.
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