Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W218)

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W218)
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition 1 (C 218) – Frontansicht (2), 16. April 2011, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerDaimler AG
Production2010–2018
AssemblyGermany: Sindelfingen
DesignerHubert Lee (2007)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size luxury car (E)
Body style
Layout
RelatedMercedes-Benz E-Class (W212)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,874 mm (113.1 in)
Length
  • 4,937 mm (194.4 in) (C218)
  • 4,953 mm (195.0 in) (X218)
Width1,881 mm (74.1 in)
Height
  • 1,418 mm (55.8 in) (C218)
  • 1,419 mm (55.9 in) (X218)
Kerb weight1,660–1,950 kg (3,660–4,299 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W219)
SuccessorMercedes-Benz CLS-Class (C257)

The W218 Mercedes-Benz CLS is the second generation of the Mercedes CLS-Class range of four-door (fastback styled) sedans. The model shares the chassi and most of the technique with the W212 Mercedes E-class and was produced from 2010 to 2018.[1] The body styles of the range are:

Unlike its predecessor, the W218 CLS can be optioned with all-wheel drive 4MATIC on all models including CLS63 AMG variants.[2] Mercedes also introduced a new five-door estate version to the CLS lineup, called the CLS Shooting Brake.[3]

The W218 CLS-Class was succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (C257) in 2018.[4]

Development and launch[edit]

The design of the W218 CLS is based on the F800 Style concept car unveiled by Mercedes-Benz at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.[5] It is a four-door coupé featuring a new COMAND interface utilizing a touchpad, design cues inspired by the Mercedes SLS AMG, and sliding rear doors.[6] The production version W218 CLS was publicly unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and as with the previous generation,[7] is based on the E-Class platform, utilising the same rear multi-link suspension setup.[8]

Body styles[edit]

Sedan (C218)[edit]

Production started on January 2011, with 4MATIC model sales starting later in September.[9]

Shooting Brake (X218)[edit]

The CLS Shooting Brake was announced on June 2012, and is an estate version of the CLS sedan.[10] It is based on the Concept Shooting Brake unveiled at Auto China 2010.[11] Shooting Brake models went on sale from October 2012, and are available alongside sedan models in all-wheel drive and AMG variants.[12] It is currently not sold in the United States.[13] It is the most expensive serial production station wagon in the world since year 1992.

Equipment[edit]

Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, and satellite navigation with a 10TB hard-drive.[14] Standard safety equipment consists of anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, active head restraints, and 10 total front, side, and knee airbags.[15] CLS models also come with driver fatigue detection and lane departure warning system functions as standard.[16] Available options include Mercedes' AirMATIC air suspension, traffic sign recognition, and a reversing camera in conjunction with the COMAND APS system.[17][18]

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
CLS350
BlueEFFICIENCY
2011–2014 M276 DE35
3.5 L V6
225 kW (302 hp)
@ 6,500 rpm
370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,500–5,250 rpm
6.1 s
CLS400 2014–2017 M276 E30
3.0 L V6
245 kW (329 hp)
@ 5,250–6,000 rpm
480 N⋅m (354 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,200–4,000 rpm
5.3 s
CLS500
BlueEFFICIENCY
2011–2014 M278 DE46
4.7 L V8 twin-turbo
300 kW (402 hp)
@ 5,000–5,750 rpm
600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–4,750 rpm
5.2 s
2014–2017 4.8 s
CLS63 AMG 2011–2013 M157 DE55
5.5 L V8 twin-turbo
386 kW (518 hp)
@ 5,250–5,750 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,700–5,000 rpm
4.4 s
2013–2017 410 kW (550 hp)
@ 5,250–5,750 rpm
720 N⋅m (531 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,750–5,000 rpm
4.2 s
CLS63 AMG
Performance Package
2011–2013 410 kW (550 hp)
@ 5,750 rpm
800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,000–4,500 rpm
4.3 s
CLS63 AMG S 2013–2017 430 kW (577 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
3.6 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
CLS220
BlueTEC
2014–2017 OM651 DE22
2.1 L I4 turbo
125 kW (168 hp)
@ 3,000–4,200 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,400–2,800 rpm
8.3 s
CLS250 CDI
BlueEFFICIENCY
2011–2014 OM651 DE22
2.1 L I4 twin-turbo
150 kW (201 hp)
@ 4,200 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–1,800 rpm
7.5 s
CLS250
BlueTEC
2014–2017
CLS350 CDI
BlueEFFICIENCY
2011–2014 OM642 DE30
3.0 L V6 turbo
195 kW (261 hp)
@ 3,800 rpm
620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–2,400 rpm
6.2 s
CLS350
BlueTEC
2014–2017 OM642 LS DE30
3.0 L V6 turbo
190 kW (255 hp)
@ 3,400 rpm
620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–2,400 rpm
6.5 s

CLS63 AMG[edit]

CLS63 AMG sedan
CLS63 AMG sedan

The CLS63 AMG is a high performance variant of the CLS and went on sale on March 2011.[19] It features a 5.5 L twin-turbo V8 rated at 386 kW (518 hp) and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft).[20] Standard equipment includes an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission, a 24 mm (1 in) wider front track, larger 360 mm ventilated and perforated brake discs, an AMG sports exhaust system, and a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with shift paddles.[21][22] The CLS63 AMG is available in both sedan and Shooting Brake variants, as well as in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive 4MATIC configurations.[23]

Edition 1 models were available exclusively in the first year of its market launch, and featured minor power increases of 29 kW (39 hp) and 100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft).[24] Other additions include Edition 1 insignia, matte exterior paintwork, designo leather, and a choice of three AMG exclusive interior trim.[25] An AMG Performance Package was also offered separately, and featured a carbon-fibre spoiler lip, red brake calipers,[26] and increased performance gains of 24 kW (32 hp) and 100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft), resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 s.[27]

From April 2013, the CLS63 AMG range was updated to now produce 410 kW (550 hp) and 720 N⋅m (531 lb⋅ft).[28] The Performance Package was also replaced by the new CLS63 AMG S model,[29] featuring further performance and efficiency enhancements, all-wheel drive 4MATIC as standard, and a rear locking differential.[30] It is also available as a Shooting Brake variant and launched in June 2013.[31]

Model year changes[edit]

Facelift W218 CLS sedan

2014 facelift[edit]

A facelift was introduced for the CLS model range in 2014.[32]

The major changes are:

  • A redesigned front fascia with a diamond-patterned radiator grille and new anti-dazzle MULTIBEAM LED headlights[33][34]
  • Interior changes including a new steering wheel design and a larger free standing 8-inch COMAND APS display[35]
  • New model naming scheme for diesel engines (CLS350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY now called CLS350d)
  • Introduction of CLS400 and CLS220d models, and updated CLS350d engine[36]
  • Introduction of 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission on all models (excluding the CLS400)[37]

2016[edit]

  • CLS400 receives 9-speed automatic transmission

Sales figures[edit]

As with the previous generation, the CLS sedan and Shooting Brake models are produced in Sindelfingen, Germany.[38]

The following are the sales figures for the W218 CLS in Europe only:[39]

Year Total
2011 17,414
2012 12,797
2013 15,139
2014 10,289
2015 12,600
2016 7,803
2017 5,116
Total: 81,158

Awards[edit]

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