- The exterior and interior have been restyled for 2015
- New base model (CLS450) joins the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG
- Unique shape and profile stands out on the road
Coming back for the new model year with big changes all around, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is still one of the most uniquely shaped and styled cars around.
The CLS-Class competes with the Audi A7 and the BMW 6-Series, offering coupe-like proportions with the convenience of four doors. For 2015, the front and rear bumpers are new and the front fascia has also been tweaked to help the CLS fit in better with the rest of the Mercedes’ lineup. The headlight clusters are also updated, with a new design for the LED daytime running lights. The CLS-Class is not a small car, but thanks to its long, lithe proportions it hides its girth well. A power sunroof is standard, while full-LED adaptive headlights and a rear deck-lid spoiler are optional.
There is a new model for 2015 that slides in at the bottom of the CLS-Class, the CLS450 which features a 329-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. Up next is the CLS550 and its 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8. Rounding out the models is the CLS63 AMG which has 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 under the hood that makes 531 pounds-feet of torque. 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard on CLS63 AMG models and optional on the CLS450 and CLS550. CLS550 models also get a new nine-speed automatic transmission, while the other models keep the same seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Inside, the CLS-Class seats a coupe-like four passengers eschewing a rear bench for rear seats that are separated by a center console with cup holders and storage. As would be expected of a luxury car of this caliber (and not to mention price), materials are upscale with standard leather upholstery and real wood trim pieces. Most features are standard, including a Harmon Kardon stereo, hard-drive based navigation, and the latest iteration of Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system. Heated and ventilated front seats, massaging seats, and a power rear sunshade are optional.
Mercedes-Benz has always put a premium on safety, and the CLS-Class’ standard safety features is further evidence of that. Attention assist, mbrace2 in-car communication system, eight airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and active front head restraints all come standard. The CLS also adds Mercedes’ Intelligent Drive system as an option; Intelligent Drives uses sensors that can look around the whole vehicle and autonomously assists the driver in avoiding collisions with automatic braking and other alerts. Additional safety technology includes blind spot warning, lane departure warning, night vision, backup camera, and front and rear parking sensors.