2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class on sale in Australia from $114,900

Are you after a sleek, high-tech, and very luxurious cruising machine? Your prays could be answered with the arrival of this, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. It’s just arrived in Australia.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The CLS-Class is Mercedes’s large four-door coupe based on the E-Class. For the MY2015 update, the local arm is announcing four different coupe variants and two Shooting Brake wagon models. There’s the CLA 250 CDI, the CLS 400, the CLS 500, and the heart-throbbing CLS 63 AMG for the four-doors, and the 250 CDI and 500 in Shooting Brake form.

Perhaps the biggest change with the model year update is the introduction of the new CLS 400 and its twin-turbo V6 powerplant. A nine-speed auto has also been announced for the CLS 500, replacing the 7G-Tronic seven-speed auto otherwise featured.

Starting with the design changes, the 2015 model gets a slightly revised front end with a diamond front grille layout, a more pronounced front bumper bar with larger intakes, new ‘Multibeam’ LED headlights, and darkened taillights with multi-level functionality.

Inside, there’s a fresh 21.3cm colour display unit standing separately from the dash, an updated three-spoke sports steering wheel, and various finer attention to detail changes that boost the cabin’s overall sportiness, exclusivity and functionality.

For the engine geeks, the CLS 250 CDI features a four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit producing 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It’s matched up to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Next up from there is the CLS 400. It comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine producing 245kW and 480Nm – up 20kW and 110Nm from the predecessor.

For those who wish to get to places much quicker, there’s the CLS 500 with its 300kW and 600Nm twin-turbo V8. Alternatively, there’s the CLS 63 AMG with its dedicated 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 belting out 430kW. The AMG monster is capable of 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

All variants come with the new Multibeam headlights, as well as illuminated door sills and a 360-degree camera, among other luxuries. See below for some of the highlight standard features of each variant, new to 2015:

  • CLS 250 CDI Coupe:
    360° camera
    Illuminated front door sill panels with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
    MULTIBEAM LED Headlamps
  • The CLS 400 Coupe:
    AIRMATIC electrically controlled damping system
    Heated front seats
    MULTIBEAM LED Headlamps
    Multi-contour seat package
    Multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather / wood
    PASSION nappa leather
    Illuminated front door sill panels with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
  • CLS 500 Coupe:
    360° camera
    Active multi-contour seat package
    Climatised front seats
    Electric sunblind for rear window
    Exclusive package featuring EXCLUSIVE PASSION leather
    Illuminated front door sill panels with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
    MULTIBEAM LED Headlamps
    Television tuner
  • CLS 63 AMG S Coupe:
    360° camera
    AMG Driver’s package (300km/h speed limit)
    EASY-PACK quickfold rear seats
    MULTIBEAM LED Headlamps
    Privacy glass
  • CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake:
    360° camera
    Luggage compartment floor, American cherry-wood with black inlays
    EASY-PACK load securing kit
    Illuminated front door sill panels with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering
    MULTIBEAM LED Headlamps
    Privacy glass
  • CLS 500 Shooting Brake:
    AMG Line PLUS
    Luggage compartment floor, American cherry-wood with black inlays
    EASY-PACK load compartment cover (removable)
    EASY-PACK load securing kit
    Privacy glass

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500-rear

The 2015 lineup is on sale now and is available through dealerships around Australia. Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

Four-door coupe:
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI: $114,900
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 400: $139,900
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500: $169,000
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG ‘S’: $249,000

Shooting Brake:
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI – $124,900
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500: $179,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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