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The LA Auto Show is about to start and we already have a lot of interesting premieres announced and here comes another one, from Mercedes Benz. The German carmaker announced the debut of the new CLS 63 AMG, the high performance version of their recently introduced CLS. Compared to the ‘regular’ model, the CLS 63 AMG got a modified body kit, featuring a new front grille, new hood, modified bumper, rear diffuser and LED daytime running lights, plus a set of 19-inch alloy wheels.

Under the bonnet, the new CLS monster is powered by a biturbo 5.5-liter engine which delivers 518 hp (386 kW) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque, which paired to the seven-speed Speedshift MCT transmission takes the car from stand to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). For power freaks, Mercedes also offers an optional AMG Performance Package which increased the power output to 550 hp (410 kW) and 590 lb-ft (799 Nm) of torque, 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).

The pricing hasn’t been released yet, but we’ll probably find it out closer to the market release date, which is scheduled for the summer of 2011.


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Seeing as how the four-door coupe market has exploded in the last few years, Mercedes-Benz, the creator of this niche with the old CLS, had a big task ahead of itself with the next generation CLS Class.

Now, after many spy shots and rumors, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS has been officially revealed in all of its four-door coupe glory.

As you can see, the new model boasts a more aggressive design, but still in the arching lines that made its predecessor such a popular limousine. We can see more aggressive angles in the front, as well as the first full LED headlight assembly, with 71 individual LEDs composing the main headlight, running light, turn signals and side lamps.

We can see LED technology in the rear as well, while the side design borrows some cues from the already revealed 2011 CL Class.

On the inside, the same attention to detail is present, as is a new three-spoke steering wheel with multiple controls. The new CLS also boasts the same gear selector as its other cousins, the S and CL Classes.

Engines have yet to be detailed, but you can expect two gasoline versions to appear for the US market. the CLS350 will most likely get a direct injection 3.5-liter V6, while the CLS550 will get a twin-turbo V8. Further down the line you can also expect an AMG performance version, probably with the new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8.

Expect more details about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, but until then feel free to check out the photo gallery below and a presentation video after the jump.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class


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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class has been in the works for quite some time, and was already previewed by two concepts, the F800 Style and the Shooting Break.

Now, we can finally look at the production version of the new Mercedes four-door coupe model, thanks to an eagle-eyed visitor to the MB museum in Stuttgart.

It seems that the German company was actually preparing for the first official photo shoot of the 2011 CLS in front of the establishment, but forgot that, you know, visitors actually come to the Mercedes museum. As such, thanks to Brazil’s NoticiasAutomotivas, we can examine the new CLS.

As you can see above and below, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class is pretty changed, but the differences aren’t so severe as we first expected. The front fascia has been thoroughly overhauled, with LED technology, chrome inserts and a more upright grille.

The rear end has also seen work, with new taillights, while the overall shape has been elongated and doesn’t bear the same bubble look as the current CLS.

The official announcement of the next generation 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS is set to be made in the near future, ahead of the car’s official debut at the Paris Motor Show, this fall.


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Mercedes-Benz is often credited with starting the new fad of four-door coupe models in the auto industry when it launched the CLS in 2004. Now, the company is aiming to once again flex its design muscles, and presented the new Shooting Break concept, before its debut at the Beijing Motor Show later this week.

While most of the industry has gotten used to the Shooting Brake nomenclature, MB decided to use the more literal Break name, reminiscing of the actual origin, which was given to coaches used to break wild horses.

But enough with the name lesson. All you need to know is that this model, alongside the F800 Style we saw in Detroit are going to represent the next generation CLS variants, both in four-door coupe and shooting break style.

As you can see, it borrows from the F800, but still presents elements from the slightly older Concept Fascination. Also, it will definitely attract those who want a bit of an utilitarian side to their luxury models and don’t really like the BMW 5 Series GT.

As an added bonus, the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept also showcases the future MB powertrains that will be sported by the CLS and other MB models. From the 306 HP 3.5-liter V6 unit to other engines like a turbocharged 435 HP 4.6-liter V8, and to top it all off, the AMG-prepped turbocharged, direct injection 5.5-liter V8 capable of 563 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Overall, the new Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept is going to make a lot of fans extremely happy and excited for the next generation CLS. Check it out in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break Concept


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New rumors are circulating about the next generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, as the guys at Autocar are speculating that a shooting brake variant of the F800 Style concept that was revealed in Detroit will be making an appearance at the Beijing Motor Show.

For those of you with a sharp memory, you might remember the Fascination concept the German carmaker revealed a few years ago, which previewed the current generation E Class lineup. Also, a rumor already started about a shooting brake next generation CLS at the end of 2009, which dated the concept for a Paris Motor Show debut this fall.

In the end, Mercedes-Benz will be extremely careful with the replacement of the CLS, seeing the popularity of the current model and the array of copy-cat four-door coupes it has spawned from other carmakers. You can be sure that the F800 Style will preview the next generation, but this new shooting brake concept might be onto the next big thing, as these works are always appreciated by the public (see Fascination).

What do you think? Would such a CLS shooting brake concept attract you more than the F800 Style? Reveal your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Mercedes-Benz has just presented a new concept car, which was teased at the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of the year.

The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style, as you can see above, most likely previews the future CLS Class, which not only will include the four-door coupe, but also a smaller edition. While classic concept elements, like the sliding rear doors or the futuristic interior are present, MB revealed that most of the styling will make it onto a production version.

But while its looks are quite impressive, its powertrain options are even more so, including not only a plug-in hybrid but also a fuel cell setup. The first is similar to the V6 light hybrid setup we can check out on the Mercedes Benz S400, and will provide a power output of 400 HP and an electric-only range of 18 miles. The other setup, based on a fuel cell/electric drivetrain, uses a 136 HP electric motor to power the car, but is unlikely to become a viable option anytime soon.

Besides the radical design and the powertrain options, the F800 Style also has two high end safety technologies. The Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant is an upgraded cruise control system, capable of steering the car at speeds under 25 mph. The other is the Pre-Safe 360-degree technology, which also adds the existing Pre-Safe tech to the rear end of the car. It will now be able to detect when a rear end collision might happen and will apply the brakes, so that you won’t get pushed into the car ahead of you in a chain reaction.

Overall, the new Mercedes-Benz F800 Style is looking extremely good. MB fans will be able to check it out in its concept flesh at the Geneva Motor Show, but also in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style Concept


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Showing bits or pieces of new designs or cars is so 2009, in order to truly tease your next creations you need to a true artistic endeavor, at least according to Mercedes-Benz, which has unveiled a rising car sculpture, and displays it at its booth at the Detroit Auto Show these days.

Fortunately, for those of you who didn’t get a chance to go (like us!), a video of the sculpture has appeared on the web, alongside photos of the design it showcases, which, according to a few voices, previews the next generation CLS four-door coupe.

Hit the jump to see the video of the rising car sculpture from Mercedes-Benz.

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Rumors were already circulating about the next generation of Mercedes-Benz‘s four-door coupe model, the CLS, which might appear at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but now a new tidbit of information has appeared, concerning the body variants which will be available at the beginning.

It seems that not only will we see an already typical four-door coupe look, but also a shooting brake variant, which basically is just a new way of saying that it will have an estate-like form, presumably borrowed from the older ConceptFASCINATION model which previewed the newly released E Class.

Bot don’t go thinking it will go for the rather stylish two-door variant shown above on the concept, as four doors, plus the back liftgate will most likely be included in the production edition. What do you think? Should the new CLS sport such a body style? Leave your comments below.


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Mercedes Benz announced that, starting this month, a new advertising campaign will start. Called “The Culture of Driving”, the brand campaigns for the new generations of Mercedes Benz SL, SLK and CLS will employ all channels of communication (print advertisements, mobile marketing, online communication, dealer marketing and events).

Dr. Olaf Göttgens, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that “with this campaign we are for the first time displaying our new strategic approach, which we sum up with the motto ‘The Culture of Driving’. The aim is to further sharpen the profile of the Mercedes-Benz brand”.

The main point of interest of this campaign the new SL, which is featured in a cool new TV spot, called “Sternschnuppe” (Shooting Star), which you can watch after the jump. Enjoy!


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Mercedes Benz decided to give a facelift to one of its most successful cars, the Mercedes Benz CLS. Overall, no big changes for the four door coupe, but at a closer look, we see a new grille, new rear apron with new LED tail lights and trapezoidal tailpipes, new side mirrors with arrow-shaped LED indicator lights and restyled alloy wheels (17 inch for CLS 280, 320 CDI and 350 CGI; 18 inch on CLS 500; 19 inch for CLS 63 AMG).

A new addition to the CLS range is the new entry-level model version, the CLS 280, powered by the 231 hp V6 engine (0- 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.7 seconds and top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h), and 9.8-10.0 l/100km fuel consumption), while the CLS 63 AMG flagship model is powered by the 514 hp AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine. All CLS models are equipped with Mercedes’ 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission which, in manual shift mode “M” allows the driver to shift through the gears using shift paddles on the steering wheel. This shortens the 0-100 km/h acceleration time by 0.2 seconds.

As you’d expect, the CLS’ list of available features is pretty long and it includes Audio 20, Audio 20 CD with CD changer, Audio 50 and Audio 50 APS with DVD changer and LINGUATRONIC voice control system (which have now been upgraded to a 5-inch colour screen), COMAND APS with a high-resolution 6.5-inch colour display, LINGUATRONIC for audio, navigation and telephone calls, a music register for storing audio files, plus an SD memory card slot.

Mercedes is already accepting orders for the facelifted CLS and sales are scheduled to start in March 2008. The starting prices are: CLS 280: Euro 55,692; CLS 320 CDI: Euro 59,321; CLS 350 CGI: Euro 61,404; CLS 500: Euro 75,053; CLS 63 AMG: Euro 106,624.00

View more photos and the full press release after the jump.

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