Mercedes Benz India has launched the 2014 model year CLS four door luxury coupe in India. However, the car isn’t the facelifted version of the CLS that was unveiled recently. Rather, the 2014 model year of the CLS350 for India sees a major price drop, which now becomes the most attractive bit of the pre-facelift car.
The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLS350 has been launched at an introductory price of 89.90 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, down from the 1.03 crore rupees price at which it used to be sold earlier. The car is imported into India as a completely built unit (CBU).
In terms of new features, the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLS350 adds the f0llowing,
- The instrument cluster gets a refresh with 3D display
- Active Park Assist is now standard fare
- 18 inch alloy wheels with a 15 spoke design
- Reverse camera
- LED tail lamps
- New “Diamond Silver” paint job
- Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround System with 14 speakers
- Ambient lighting with three modes – Neutral, Solar and Polar
The car continues to use a 3.5 liter-V6, naturally aspirated petrol engine that churns out 302 Bhp of peak power and 370 Nm of peak torque. The engine drives the rear wheels of the luxury coupe by means of a 7 speed automatic gearbox. The engine gives the CLS350 perky performance. the 0-100 Kph sprint is dispatched in 6.1 seconds with top speed rated at 250 Kph.
However, the lack of a turbo diesel engine option on the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLS will ensure that the car is a slow mover at the hustings. Notably, rivals of the Mercedes Benz CLS, namely the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A7, both offer turbo diesel engine options. Perhaps that explains the price cut for the 2014 CLS 350 sold in India. The CLS 350 is now open for bookings at all Mercedes Benz dealerships across India and the facelifted version is due for a launch here next year.