2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class receives a slight styling refresh inside and out to bring it in line with the rest of the Mercedes family. A new entry-level CLS400 also debuts, along with a few safety features and a new nine-speed transmission for the rear-drive CLS550.

Style can come at the cost of function at times. As the originator of the contradictory, but increasingly popular, "four-door coupe," the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class aims to blend the graceful shape of a coupe with the convenience of four doors. Not surprisingly, the sloping rear roof line cuts down on rear-seat headroom. But unless you regularly shuttle adults in the rear seat, the CLS's style is something to be appreciated.

This year, a new base model 2015 CLS400 debuts, making the price of admittance slightly easier to reach. With 329 horsepower, its turbocharged V6 should be more than adequate for most drivers, especially since there has always seemed to be a spot for something more efficient and less wildly powerful in the CLS-Class than the now midrange V8-powered CLS550. For 2015, it receives a new nine-speed transmission that has the potential to increase fuel economy without affecting performance, though it's available only on the rear-wheel-drive model.

The CLS-Class has also gone under the knife for a subtle nip and tuck. A restyled grille and headlights bring the CLS more in line with its newer Mercedes siblings, as does the new rear bumper that is pulled from the performance-focused CLS63 AMG. The interior also receives a freshening with an updated infotainment screen, as well as a few new features that include autonomous braking for the frontal collision prevention system.

Exterior Highlights
Four-door, midsize luxury sedan available in CLS400, CLS550, CLS63 AMG S-Model trim levels

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a four-door, midsize luxury sedan with seating for four. The new V6-powered CLS400 now represents the base model, with the V8-equipped CLS550 and CLS63 AMG S-Model topping off the lineup. Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional on the CLS400 and CLS550 and standard on the CLS63 AMG.

Standard features for the CLS400 include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights and running lights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a frontal collision warning system with autonomous braking, leather upholstery, heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar and driver seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, color-adjustable ambient lighting, the COMAND electronics interface that includes an 8-inch display, a Garmin-based navigation system with voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a CD player, HD radio and iPhone/USB integration.

The CLS550 adds an adaptive air suspension, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, satellite radio, a six-CD/DVD player and a Mercedes-Benz integrated navigation system with traffic and weather reporting. These features are available on the CLS400 as part of the optional Premium packages. Other packaged options available on either CLS model include power-folding mirrors, automatic high beams, keyless ignition and entry, a power trunk lid, ventilated front seats, additional front seat adjustments with active side bolsters and massage functions, a power rear window sunshade and a rearview camera.

Other safety and driver assistance option packages are also available. The Parking Assist package adds front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system and an automated parallel parking system. The Lane Tracking package adds blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems. The more advanced Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, active steering intervention for the blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, and cross-traffic collision alerts that also prime the brakes for maximum effectiveness. Mercedes' mbrace emergency and convenience telematics system is also offered, as is an in-car apps suite that also includes a WiFi hotspot.

The performance-focused CLS63 AMG S-Model has all of the CLS550's features along with 19-inch wheels, summer tires, the power rear sunshade, heated front seats, the Parking Assist package (minus the surround-view cameras) and split-folding rear seats (optional on other CLS trims). Along with the packaged options from supporting CLS models, the AMG is also eligible for carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon-fiber exterior and engine trim and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system.

Other stand-alone options include a trunk lid spoiler, heated rear seats, rear side airbags, a heated wood-trimmed steering wheel and two tiers of upgraded leather upholstery.

iPad-like screen on dash, COMAND infotainment interface, sporty flare, new layout on the steering wheel, generous cargo space

Expectations for quality and design are high with any Mercedes-Benz, and the CLS-Class meets them with ease. This year, the interior gets a minor upgrade to bring it up to date with other Mercedes vehicles by incorporating an iPad-like screen atop the dash instead of the smaller display that was inset above the central vents. Some may find the aesthetic a bit clumsy, but the larger screen placed more conveniently within the driver's sight lines is a definite improvement.

The COMAND infotainment interface also receives a minor upgrade, with more physical buttons flanking the main controller knob. A new layout for the steering wheel buttons marks another improvement, however minor it may be.

Stepping up to the CLS63 AMG adds a distinctive sporty flare to the cabin with racy sport seats and unique stitching and trim selections. The AMG also relocates the gear selector from the steering column to the center console, eliminating the large cupholders and reducing some interior storage for your personal effects. Cargo space is generous regardless of CLS model, with a trunk that can hold up to 15.3 cubic feet. It is worth noting that the optional Bang & Olufsen audio system significantly compromises trunk space.

Standard safety features for all 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class models include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a driver drowsiness monitor, front-seat side and pelvic airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and knee airbags for front passengers. Also included is a frontal collision warning system with autonomous braking, the basic mbrace telematics system offering smartphone integration, and Web-based apps that include remote controls, driver monitoring and emergency services.

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