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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS revealed, debuts inline six engines

Mercedes has revealed the sleek new CLS at the Los Angeles auto show in the US, showcasing a fresh design while debuting the company’s all-new inline six engines.

Three main variant lines will go on sale initially, including the CLS 350 d, CLS 400 d, and the CLS 450. All come with 4Matic all-wheel drive, and all feature a 3.0-litre inline six engine. The 350 d produces 210kW and 600Nm, while the 400 d develops 250kW and 700Nm, leaving the 450 petrol as the most powerful (for now), with 270kW and 500Nm.

Across the standard 0-100km/h sprint, the times range from 5.7 seconds, 5.0 seconds, to just 4.8 seconds, respectively. Fuel economy averages span from 5.6L/100km, 5.6 again, to 7.5L/100km, respective to the variants as listed above. All units use a 48V electric system.

In terms of the design, the new CLS takes on a more grown-up look, with Mercedes’s latest front end and slanted forward grille, representing a shark’s nose, with clever LED headlights and matching LED taillights, and traditional frameless side widows carrying through.

For the passengers Mercedes has given the interior an overhaul, fitting two 12.3-inch digital displays for the dash packed with the latest apps and adjustable layout options. There’s also special ambient lighting with 64 different colours to toggle through, including lighting for the exquisite jet aircraft turbine-style climate vents.

In the back the rear bench can be configured to be a three-seater, making the new CLS a five-seat vehicle for the first time. Folding down the 40/20/40 rear seats opens up the cargo area, of which is rated at 520 litres in the default layout.

The new model officially hits the market in March, with Australian lineup details to be confirmed. A performance AMG version is expected to arrive a little later.

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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