Back in 2005, when Mercedes Benz launched the CLS Class for the first time globally, the car’s unique design grabbed the attention of buyers instantly. Right from the outset, the CLS was never meant to be a volume puller but was instead meant to be a unique 4 door coupe that slotted in between the E-Class and S-Class. The four door luxury coupe, which is in its second generation now, recently received a facelift and is India bound. Confirmation of this fact comes by means of a solitary CLS 250 CDI model being imported into India for homologation.
The facelifted model gets a revised headlamp cluster with Multibeam LED units. An all-new front grille with the three pointed star sits conspicuously at the core of the grille while the front bumper and air dams see modifications. All the new styling components mix in superbly to give the roadster a more forceful character. The back of the 2015 CLS is unaltered, that is apart from the new bumper at the back. The tail light cluster continues to be the same as before.
You get an all new 3 spoke sporty steering wheel and an 8 inch infotainment system on the inside. The centre console shows a revision with four buttons instead of two. The insides of the car lend themselves to customization as Mercedes is putting forth five shades coupled with six trims of leather upholstery. The model that has been imported features the familiar 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor, which has a power output of 204 Bhp and a torque output of 500 Nm. This engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes has recently launched the 2014 model of the CLS 350 in India, which gets a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter V6 petrol motor. The recently launched car saw a price drop from Rs 1.03 crores to Rs 89.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price drop indicates a move to clear the stocks before the facelifted, 2015 model bows in. The CLS will continue to come to us via the CBU route but the CLS 250 CDI will be a bigger volume puller as compared to the CLS 350 sibling due to the choice of fuel being diesel. Expect the 2015 Mercedes Benz CLS four door coupe to be priced around Rs 90 lakh mark.