Mercedes-Benz has released a batch of images of the upcoming CLS facelift. The images preview the front fascia with the new grille and the Active Multibeam LED headlamps of the new car in its full glory.
The multibeam units enable high-precision adjustment of the car’s headlamp beam depending upon the speed as well as road conditions. The headlamps are made of special modules with 24 individually controlled LEDs which automatically illuminate a road by distributing the beam optimally. The beams are also controlled to mask the main beam to avoid blinding the drivers in the oncoming traffic. A camera has been placed behind the windscreen which processes data through four control units. These control units adjust the light pattern 100 times per second, delivering perfect lighting.
Internally called C218, the new CLS gets minor cosmetic updates to the exterior like a revised front grille and front and rear skirts. Interiors will also be revised with new upholstery options, a new steering wheel and a free-standing screen in the centre console, just like in the A-Class and B-Class. It will also get the latest version of Mercedes’ COMAND Online system with NTG 5.0 version.
The CLS is currently offered in India in a single variant - the CLS 350. This car is powered by 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine churning out 306bhp and 370Nm of torque.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is pitted against other four-door coupes like the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series. While sales of this segment have been steadily increasing in some foreign markets, the trend hasn’t really caught up in India yet. The CLS is imported as a CBU and due to the high price, has to compete with other more practical luxury saloons like the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8L. The CLS facelift will be launched in India a few months after its European launch.