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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS revealed; 9spd auto, ‘Multibeam’ headlights

The facelifted 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has been revealed, showcasing minor styling revisions, updated engines, a nine-speed auto transmission, and a set of revolutionary new Multibeam headlights.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

Australian market specifications are still yet to be announced, however, on an international scale the facelifted model now starts off with the CLS 220 BlueTEC. It comes with a 2.1-litre turbo-diesel producing 125kW and 400Nm.

Stepping up to the CLS 250 BlueTEC gets you 150kW and 500Nm to play with, while the range-topping diesel CLS 350 BlueTEC uses a V6 producing 190kW and 620Nm. Economy figures haven’t been mentioned except for the fact they’re all Euro 6 compliant.

In the petrol lineup, the CLS 350 is replaced with the CLS 400. It comes with a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 developing 245kW of power and 480Nm of torque. It’s topped by the CLS 500 with a 300kW/600Nm V8. Performance figures are unknown at this stage.

As for the high-performance CLS 63 AMG models, these come with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 410kW and 720Nm. The S models continue to serve up 430kW and 800Nm.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 500-rear

Out of these models the CLS 220, 250, and 350 diesels and the CLS 500 can be opted with Mercedes’s new 9G-Tronic nine-speed auto transmission. This is the highest amount of gears offered in any road-going Mercedes. It promises economy and performance improvements.

In terms of styling, the updated model features a big new front grille with a single tier like what is seen on the CLS-Class. There’s also facelifted set of bumper bars with larger intakes in the front and slightly darkened taillights, all finished off with some chrome accents.

Perhaps the most interesting external update is the introduction of Multibeam LED headlights. The optional setup is similar to active/adaptive headlights seen in other high-end vehicles where the beam is automatically and constantly manipulated to suit the surroundings and traffic ahead. These LEDs can be adjusted 100 time a second while on the go.

Mercedes-Benz Australia is expected to make a local-relevant announcement very soon with model lineup details.

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.