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The new generation CLS Coupé and Shooting Brake are set for debut in selected European countries from July. As fastest and most efficient CLS yet, the latest rendition of Mercedes-Benz’s long wheelbase performance-oriented car in Coupe and Shooting Brake (Estate) version has a new look and is packed with new technologies.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS range now starts with a new engine: the CLS 220 BlueTEC. Powered by a 2.1-liter diesel engine, the new addition generates 177 hp and 129 g/km of CO2. The second diesel version is the six-cylinder 350 BlueTEC, producing 258 hp and emitting 142 g/km. The CLS 350 BlueTEC engine is linked, for the first time, to an all-new nine-speed gearbox as standard, lowering CO2 by 18 g/km.

A new 3,498cc V6 petrol engine has also been fitted to the CLS Coupé, the CLS 400, for an unprecedented 333 hp. Topping the range is the mighty CLS 63 AMG S, now producing 585 hp (up 28 hp) and 800 NM of torque (up 80 NM) and it is equipped with a LSD (limited slip differential) as standard. The changes bring down the 0-62 mph time from 4.2 to 4.1-seconds (Shooting Brake: 4.2-seconds).

Across the new CLS range there are significant upgrades in the technologies fitted, with AMG Line now becoming the default specification of the car. This means COMAND Online, heated front seats and the ambient lighting system are all fitted as standard. Two option packs are available: Premium Pack (comprising an electric sunroof, a seat memory package, a reversing camera and split/folding seats) and a Premium Plus Pack, featuring the same equipment as the Premium Pack but adding a Harman Kardon sound system and Keyless Go.

The equipment line-up on the CLS 63 AMG S is even more comprehensive, with an electric sunroof, Keyless Go, the ambient lighting system, a Harmon Kardon sound system, a reversing camera, split folding rear seats and a powered tailgate.

Likewise, on every CLS a new eight-inch tablet-style screen is fitted as standard, running the latest ‘NTG 5’ software allowing new Mercedes-Benz apps, including the Mercedes Me system, to be downloaded and used in the car. LED Multibeam headlights are also fitted to the new CLS as standard, allowing benchmark visibility at night without dazzling other road users.

The new generation CLS Coupé and CLS Shooting Brake are available to order in the United Kingdom from July with the first deliveries taking place in September.

Edited: Mercedes-Benz