Paris motor show: Mercedes CLS



Mercedes' replacement for the genre-defining CLS four-door coupe has been showcased at the Paris motor show.

The original was only launched in 2007, but Mercedes has decided it's already time for a new look in line with the recently-launched SLS.

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As before, the CLS is based on the running gear of the E Class saloon, but it sits lower and longer. The wheelbase has been stretched slightly compared to the previous car to tackle criticism of the poor rear legroom, but it remains a strict four-seater.

The dashboard is lifted from the E Class too, but some extra pizzazz has been added.



A new narrow-angle V6 featuring direct injection and stop-start technology is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 24 percent, while a V8, downsized from 5.4 to 4.7-litres and kitted with twin turbos, produces a third more torque, 12 percent more power and reduced consumption and emissions.

Diesels include Mercedes' latest 231bhp direct injection 3.0-litre V6, while a new 2.1-litre turbo four promises excellent fuel consumption. All these engines come with Mercedes' seven-speed automatic, and stop-start systems are expected on most if not all versions.

Also coming soon is an estate version of the CLS which Mercedes previewed at the Beijing motor show in April.

The CLS goes on sale in the UK in March.

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