2019 Mercedes CLS
What you need to know about the CLS is that it heralds two interesting power options coming from Mercedes. One is old-school: It’s a straight-six. Sure, Mercedes will keep selling V-8s and small fours, but the addition of a 367 hp, and 369 lb-ft of torque, three-liter in-line six is positive news. Like BMW before them, Mercedes knows that in-line sixes deliver power exceptionally smoothly, the way small fours never will. And here this means V-8-like potency at a lower weight. The new CLS also gets a unique, 48-volt electric system; this isn’t exactly hybridization, but the increased juice runs engine systems, like the water pump and alternator/starter, saving energy, and also to prevent engine stumbling of the start/stop ignition.
As for looks, the four-door CLS is meant to
showcase a new design language for Mercedes, ditching creasing for a more
flowing body style. Which is a bit late for Mercedes-Benz to highlight, since
the car is really following in the footsteps of several 2018 Benzes that are
already for sale, like the new S-Class.
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