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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Is The New Cool Kid On The Block 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, commercials, Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, video on 01 15th, 2018


Mercedes-AMG taps into the electrified market for the first time with a new range of cars that wear the ’53’ moniker.

One of them is the CLS 53 4Matic+, a range-topping model of the third-gen CLS, which has a more aggressive exterior design, and sportier trim in the cabin.

The biggest change, however, lies beneath its pretty skin, where motivation comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder  engine, with a starter-alternator that feeds the 48-volt electrical system.

The combined output of 456hp and 567lb-ft (769Nm) of torque is channeled to all four corners through a 9-speed auto. Naught to 62mph (100km/h) takes only 4.5sec in the mild hybrid, and top speed is limited to 167mph (270km/h) with the optional AMG Driver’s package, or 155mph (250km/h) without it.

Deep-pocketed enthusiasts will get to order the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ in the coming months, when they will likely spend close to $100,000 in the US of A, given that the old model, which can still be had here, starts from $75,150.

Until the top-of-the-line CLS goes on sale, though, it can be viewed live at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, where it will remain until January 28. It can also be seen on video, as it celebrates its dynamic debut in the first commercial.

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New Electrified Mercedes AMG 53 Models Break Cover With Up To 456HP And No Lag 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes E-Class on 01 15th, 2018


Mercedes-AMG has revealed the new 53-Series models of the CLS, E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet in full, introducing not only a new model designation but the first AMG models to feature electrification as well.

*Developing Story

MERCEDES AMG CLS 53

MERCEDES AMG E53 COUPE | CABRIOLET



Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Shows Its Stylish Exterior In Official Teaser 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, new cars, PHEV, video on 01 15th, 2018


The new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ is about to be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but until then, we get to catch a glimpse of it in an official film.

Building upon the third generation of the car, it gets a more aggressive design over the lesser versions, such as the AMG badges all around, tweaked bumpers on both ends, boot lid spoiler, and a quad exhaust system, alongside a few sportier touches made to the cabin.

Mercedes-AMG continues to keep the CLS 53’s specs close to its chest, but it’s believed to come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, developing up to 430hp. Moreover, the ‘4Matic+’ moniker reveals that it gets the company’s all-wheel drive system, probably similar to the one of the new E63 models.

In this form, the automaker states that it returns 28 US mpg (33.6 UK mpg / 8.4 l/100 km) on average, and emits 200 g/km of CO2.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 won’t slot between the 43 and 63 variants as it was initially expected, as the latter will be kept away from the third-gen car to make room for the AMG GT 4, so what we’re looking at here is the new range-topping model.

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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Shows Its Stylish Exterior In Official Teaser 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, new cars, PHEV, video on 01 15th, 2018


The new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ is about to be unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but until then, we get to catch a glimpse of it in an official film.

Building upon the third generation of the car, it gets a more aggressive design over the lesser versions, such as the AMG badges all around, tweaked bumpers on both ends, boot lid spoiler, and a quad exhaust system, alongside a few sportier touches made to the cabin.

Mercedes-AMG continues to keep the CLS 53’s specs close to its chest, but it’s believed to come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, developing up to 430hp. Moreover, the ‘4Matic+’ moniker reveals that it gets the company’s all-wheel drive system, probably similar to the one of the new E63 models.

In this form, the automaker states that it returns 28 US mpg (33.6 UK mpg / 8.4 l/100 km) on average, and emits 200 g/km of CO2.

Moreover, the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 won’t slot between the 43 and 63 variants as it was initially expected, as the latter will be kept away from the third-gen car to make room for the AMG GT 4, so what we’re looking at here is the new range-topping model.

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This Modified Mercedes-Benz CLS Is A Retina-Burning Abomination 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Offbeat News on 01 7th, 2018


The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a quite attractive sedan, particularly in its first generation guise. With flowing yet aggressive bodywork, the sleek sedan looks both sporty and refined and, to our eyes, way better than its successor.

Sadly, the owner of this CLS550 from New Jersey has ruined the good looks of the car with a number of questionable modifications.

The bodywork of the car shared on Reddit has been tweaked and a set of wheel covers fitted at the rear. Even when done right, like on the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta, wheel covers don’t look pretty, and when they’re just tacked on like these ones, are just awful.

The weird ‘upgrades’ don’t stop there, as the owner has plastered an AMG badge onto the trunklid (in the wrong position…) and stuck on a number of chrome trimmings, including on the rear decklid and around the triangular taillights.

Labeling this thing hideous would be the understatement of the year. It also goes to show that money are not necessarily accompanied by good taste…

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New Mercedes-Benz CLS ‘Edition 1’ Launch Model Is As Subtle As They Come 30
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, video on 12 30th, 2017


The 2019 CLS is still pretty fresh, having been officially revealed this month and, as is often the case, Mercedes-Benz will roll out a special edition for its first customers before the plain vanilla ones become available.

This Edition 1 launch model was spotted recently in Germany and, unless you look really close, you may not realize that it looks a bit different compared to the rest of the range.

Starting with the exterior, there’s Edition 1 lettering on the front fenders, as well as AMG Line parts. According to Mercedes, the Edition 1 CLS also comes with LED headlights and black 19″ AMG alloys as standard, although this car apparently didn’t get the memo.

Inside, it’s got black pearl nappa leather seats with copper-colored accents and contrast top stitching, all of which are visible in this video. Other features include the IWC analogue clock, Edition 1 floor mats, chrome Edition 1 lettering on the center console and a gloss black vehicle key.

As for why it says CLS 350 on the rear, we can only assume that the ‘d’ is missing, since the only 350-badged model in the new CLS range that we know of is a diesel, producing 286 PS (282 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft).

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Mercedes Collaborates With Linkin Park To Make Electrified AMGs Sound Better 23
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, celebrities, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes CLS, PHEV, Reports on 12 23rd, 2017


Mercedes-AMG is cooperating with Linkin Park, alongside other experts in different fields, to make sure that their upcoming electrified models not only look good and go like stink, but sound the part, too.

It’s unknown at this point how the American rock band will help Merc’s Affalterbach-based performance division, but the tie-up was confirmed by AMG chief Tobias Moers, who recently spoke on the topic with WheelsMag.

“You know Linkin Park? I started to talk with these guys about what is their interpretation of electrified sound. We’ve had a cooperation with Linkin Park for years. We’re really close”, Moers said.

“We started off years ago. We established a team doing artificial sound, and we worked together with games specialists, we worked together with film artists doing sound for films. We sell emotions, and sound is really a crucial part of emotion, so what we do is work on artificial sounds, because you have to”, added the Mercedes-AMG’s head honcho.

The Project One hypercar that uses technology derived from Formula 1 is paving the road for Mercedes-AMG’s electrified future. It boasts a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and four electric motors that deliver a total combined output in excess of 1,000 horsepower. The first units of the German exotic will arrive in 2019, with production being capped at 275 examples, all of which have been spoken for.

Alongside the hypercar, Mercedes-AMG is also said to be prepping an electrified version of the new-gen CLS. Expected to be named the AMG 53, it will slot between the 43 and 63 grades and will, allegedly, combine the 3.0-liter inline-six of the 43 models with an electric motor for a max output of 429hp.

Note: Mercedes-AMG Project One pictured

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750HP Audi RS6 Puts A Decent Fight Against 1,200HP Mercedes-AMG CLS 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi RS6, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Videos, Russia, tuning, Unlimited 500, video on 12 16th, 2017


Despite this Audi RS6 packing a lot of extra muscle on top of its already impressive stock power figure, it still looks like it’s about to get a real whooping from this 1,200 HP CLS 63.

On paper, you could say this race is beyond unfair. Besides, it’s not as if the RS6 has some type of weight advantage to make up for how many horses it’s missing compared to its opponent.

Thanks to its GAD Motors tune, the CLS 63 in question is putting down a monstrous 1,200 HP, whereas the RS6 is good for 750 HP, spurred on by Gosha Turbo Tech’s GTT750 kit.

Expecting this race to end in a victory for the RS6 is completely unrealistic, which is why we didn’t bother keeping the result a secret from you. Yet, one would also expect the Mercedes to run circles around the Audi, after all, we’re talking about a 450 HP difference on two cars that weigh about the same.

Sure, if this drag race would have gone on longer, the CLS would have had time (and room) to put several seconds between itself and the RS6. Yet, they both ran a 10-second 1/4 mile.

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All-New Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Spotted In Traffic 15
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes Scoops, Mercedes Videos, Scoops, video on 12 15th, 2017


With many people saying that the new-generation CLS looks a lot better in person than it does in pictures, here’s our chance to see more of the car in its natural environment.

This CLS 450 version was spotted near Stuttgart and thanks to walkoART, we get to see it next to multiple other Mercedes-Benz models, including a CLA Shooting Brake, which is actually taller than the new CLS.

In 450 4MATIC guise, the new CLS utilizes a 367 PS (362 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) 3.0-liter petrol engine, and is priced from €70,906 ($83,445) in Germany.

It will do 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 7.5 liters/100 km, which comes down to about 31.3 mpg US, or 37.6 mpg UK.

If we were to give the 2019 CLS the benefit of the doubt, we should be willing to get really up close and personal with it before we draw any final conclusions regarding its styling – particularly at the rear. Otherwise, this short clip does very little in helping it look more appealing than it did at the LA Auto Show earlier this month.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS From £57,510 In The UK, Offers Only Inline-Six Engines 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mercedes, Mercedes CLS, prices, UK on 12 12th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz has opened the order books for the new generation CLS in the United Kingdom, where customers can choose from one of three models available.

The most affordable one is the CLS 350d 4Matic AMG Line, which carries a £57,510 (equal to $76,897) price tag and comes with 19-inch wheels, Agility Control suspension, parking package, and reversing camera, alongside the leather upholstery, dual displays, DAB radio, and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colors.

This is the only trim level available for the new Mercedes-Benz CLS, as the rest of the lineup features the same equipment, but different engines. The entry-level comes with a 286PS (282hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque 2,925cc inline-six diesel engine, whereas the CLS 400d 4Matic AMG Line uses the same unit, but with more power: 340PS (335hp) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque, and costs at least £60,410 ($80,774).

The only petrol-powered version is the CLS 450 4Matic AMG Line, with its 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six unit and a 40-volt inline starter generation, rated at 367PS (362hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque, with an additional 22PS (22hp) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque available via the EQ boost system. Pricing for this model start at £57,610 ($77,030).

Each member of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS family can be fitted with the Premium Plus equipment line, on request. It costs £3,895 ($5,208) and adds an electric sliding sunroof, 360-degree camera, Comand Online infotainment, electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel, memory package, and keyless go comfort package.

Priced at £2,495 ($3,336) is the Comfort package, which can be specified in conjunction with the Premium Plus, adding Air Balance, Air Body Control air suspension, Energizing comfort control package, and black nappa leather upholstery.

Rounding up the list of optional extras is the Driving Assistance Plus package, which brings “the latest in driving assistance technology, as recently launched in the new S-Class“, according to Mercedes, such as the route-based speed adaptation, and costs £1,695 ($2,266).

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Mercedes-Benz Puts A Price Tag On 2019 CLS, Sales Begin In March 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mercedes, Mercedes CLS, new cars, prices on 12 12th, 2017


Mercedes has announced pricing for the the new CLS, which starts from €68,127.50 ($80,176) in Germany, where it will arrive at dealers next March.

This will land you a CLS 350d 4Matic, which uses a 2,925cc inline-six rated at 286PS (282hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque. The CLS 400d 4Matic, which uses the same diesel unit but tuned for more power, starts from €72,507.70 ($85,330) and puts out 340PS (335hp) and 700Nm (516lb-ft). Zero to 100km/h (62mph) takes 5.0sec, compared to the previous version’s 5.7sec, and the average fuel consumption is 5.6 l/100 km (50 UK mpg / 42 US mpg) in both models.

Those that are not fans of diesel units can opt for the CLS 450 4Matic, which is powered by a 3.0-liter petrol engine with 367PS (362hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque, and has a starting price of €70,906.15 ($83,445).

Potential customers can also choose from a variety of optional extras, including the AMG line exterior and interior styling, available at €2,737 ($3,221), dual displays from €1,011.50 ($1,191), 40/20/40 split rear seats for €517.65 ($610), multibeam headlights that cost €1,636.25 ($1,925), and an electronic trailer coupling that comes in at €1,142.40 ($1,344).

Moreover, the new CLS can also be equipped with the Air Balance Package (€398.65 / $470) and Comand Online (€2,142 / $2,521) that come with the Energizing comfort control (€238 / $280), as well as the optional Driving Assistance Package (€1,796.90 / $2,115), which adds a variety of safety systems.

The list includes Active Distance Control Distronic, Active Steering Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Pre-S AFE Plus. The Driving Assistance Plus braces the front occupants for a side impact by pushing them sideways and costs €2,391.90 ($2,815).

Those looking for something more special can take a look at the Edition 1 version, which features black pearl nappa leather seats with a diamond design and copper-colored highlights at the center section, special stitching, exclusive open-pore black ash wood and laser engraving is . The special edition can be had with all engine variants and costs an extra €12,495 ($14,705) over the selected model.

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Mercedes To Drop The CLS 63 To Make Room For The AMG GT 4 11
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLE, Reports on 12 11th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers recently confirmed the CLS 53 will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show and the executive has revealed new details about the upcoming model.

Speaking to Automotive News, Moers said the car will go on sale in the United States by the end of next year and it will have a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that has an output in the “400s.” That’s a little vague but the publication believes it will be rated at around 430 hp (320 kW).

Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends as Moers confirmed there will no longer be a CLS 63. Instead, the model has been ditched to make room for the AMG GT 4 which will go on sale in America in 2019.

While it’s sad to see the CLS 63 getting put out to pasture, Moers hinted the company could offer AMG variants of the E-Class Coupe and Convertible. They would be 53 variants and could arrive as early as 2019.

The report goes on to suggest the redesigned GLE will likely receive the 53 treatment sometime after the standard model is launched in early 2019.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Rendered As A Coupe, Cabriolet And AMG 9
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, new cars, Renderings on 12 9th, 2017


After its Los Angeles Auto Show world premiere, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS has, inevitably, become rendering-artist material.

And while some of them are just for kicks, such as the Coupe and Cabriolet, the last one is a sign of things to come, because it portrays the four-door coupe in range-topping AMG guise, as imagined by Aksyonov Nikita.

Changes at the front include a new bumper and modified grille, which incorporates the AMG badging, whereas the rear end gets a reworked bumper, carbon fiber diffuser and boot lid spoiler, and quad tailpipes.

We’ll have to wait a few months to find out whether the new Mercedes-AMG CLS63 will look anything like this, or if it will get a Panamericana grille, meaner bodykit and lower stance. At least we know what to expect in the engine compartment: Merc’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, of course, probably in two stages of tune, for the normal and the S versions respectively.

In S form, the CLS63 will most likely be powered by the same engine as the E63 S, where it puts out 612 PS (604 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. Those numbers are good enough for a 3.3-second run 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, and a top speed of either 250km/h (155mph) or, with the electronic limiter removed, 300km/h (186mph), so we expect the CLS63 to be capable of similar performance.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Rendered As A Coupe, Cabriolet And AMG 9
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes CLS, new cars, Renderings on 12 9th, 2017


After its Los Angeles Auto Show world premiere, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS has, inevitably, become rendering-artist material.

And while some of them are just for kicks, such as the Coupe and Cabriolet, the last one is a sign of things to come, because it portrays the four-door coupe in range-topping AMG guise, as imagined by Aksyonov Nikita.

Changes at the front include a new bumper and modified grille, which incorporates the AMG badging, whereas the rear end gets a reworked bumper, carbon fiber diffuser and boot lid spoiler, and quad tailpipes.

We’ll have to wait a few months to find out whether the new Mercedes-AMG CLS63 will look anything like this, or if it will get a Panamericana grille, meaner bodykit and lower stance. At least we know what to expect in the engine compartment: Merc’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, of course, probably in two stages of tune, for the normal and the S versions respectively.

In S form, the CLS63 will most likely be powered by the same engine as the E63 S, where it puts out 612 PS (604 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. Those numbers are good enough for a 3.3-second run 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill, and a top speed of either 250km/h (155mph) or, with the electronic limiter removed, 300km/h (186mph), so we expect the CLS63 to be capable of similar performance.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Won’t Spawn A Shooting Brake, But What If It Did? 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Renderings, Shooting Brake on 12 5th, 2017


Whenever an important car gets a new version, renderings of all shapes and sizes start to pop up almost immediately. For the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, perhaps no one is more relevant than the one that turns it into a sleek Estate, or Shooting Brake as Mercedes preferred to call the 2nd-generation model.

We imagine it didn’t take X-Tomi too long to turn this 4-door CLS into something more family-friendly. As you can see, the rear end is the only thing that’s different, and if it wasn’t for the curved roof, you probably wouldn’t know whether this was a regular wagon or a Shooting Brake.

Either way, even if you like the latter as a body style, the German automaker won’t be doubling down on it with the CLS, which is said to remain strictly a saloon four-door coupe.

Owners of the 2nd-gen CLS Shooting Brake considering a trade-in are, therefore, left with the E-Class Estate, which certainly packs its fair share of advantages over the old CLS but is less exclusive, if they want to remain loyal to the brand. Unless, of course, they are willing to change, in which case they have a fair share of midsize premium estates to chose from.







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