ABOUT:The Mercedes-Benz CLS is an executive-size sedan originally launched in 2004 and based on the W211 E-Class and was internally designated as the W219. The second generation CLS-Class was introduced in September 2010 and production started in the beginning of 2011.
The CLS marked Mercedes-Benz's return to the executive-size coupe market since the (W124) E-Class Coupe (a two-door sedan) went out of production in 1995. The (W210) E-Class did not spawn a coupe variant, as Mercedes-Benz choose instead to introduce a smaller coupe based on the compact C-Class, the CLK-Class. However, the CLK-Class was built with a lengthened C-Class wheelbase so it could be slotted as a mid-sized vehicle, and it also featured styling cues, engines, and similar pricing to the (W210) E-Class to give the impression that the (W124) E-Class Coupe had been directly replaced.
Marketed as a four-door coupe, the CLS was designed by the American automotive designer, Michael Fink in 2001 (born 1967), who styled the first CLK, the C-Sport coupe, and is known as the stylist who penned the May bach 57 and 62. According to a Mercedes-Benz press release, the CLS-class was produced to combine the "strong, emotive charisma" of a coupe with the "comfort and practicality" of a saloon. Save for its four-door design, the CLS's design tends towards a coupe, as its sleek roofline reduces the rear passenger room to a 2+2 arrangement, and it offers a smaller selection of engines tending towards high powered of the range, compared to contemporary sedans such as the E-Class.
The first generation of the CLS, the Mercedes-Benz W219, was based upon the W219 platform, a W211 E-Class spin-off that is six inches (152 mm) longer. IVM Automotive, a subsidiary of German roof system specialist Edscha, developed the entire vehicle from the Vision concept to the production version. More than 150 IVM engineers were involved, making the CLS the largest vehicle development project in the company's history. Design patents were first filed on July 24, 2002.
The CLS-class was first displayed as the Vision CLS concept at the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The first one rolled off the assembly line on April 20, 2004. The production version CLS 500 made its debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. An AMG version was introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the CLS 55 AMG. Only 3,000 CLS 55 AMG cars were to be built each year.
SPECIFICATIONS:Class : Luxury Midsize Sedan
Country of Origin : Germany
Model Years in Production : 2012, 2013
Category : Sedans / Coupes $50,000 - $100,000
Assembly : Sindelfingen, Allemagne
ENGINE :Type : V8 4.6 litres
Power : 402 hp @ 5,000 rpm (300 kW)
Torque : 443 lb·ft @ 1,600 - 4,750 rpm (601 N·m)
Induction : Turbocharged
Power to weight ratio : No
Bore : 92 mm
Stroke : 86 mm
Fuel type : Premium
CO2 emissions : 4,922 kg/year
Ohter engines : None
Transmission : 7-speed automatic
Drivetrain : AWD
FUEL EFFICIENCY / AUTONOMY:City : 12.7 l/100km
Highway : 8.2 l/100km
Autonomy : 630 km
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT:Length : 4,940 mm (194″)
Width : 2,075 mm (82″)
Height : 1,404 mm (55″)
Wheelbase : 2,874 mm (113″)
Front track : 1,594 mm (63″)
Rear track : 1,626 mm (64″)
Weight : 1,940 kg (4,277 lbs)
Weight distribution front-rear : 56% - 43%
PERFORMANCE:0-100 km/h : 5.2 s
80-120 km/h : No
Top speed : 210 km/h
Braking distance : No
CAPACITIES:Fuel tank : 80 l (21 gal)
Trunk : 520 l (18 ft3)
Towing : No
Box length : No
TIRES / SUSPENSION / BRAKES / SAFETY:Steering : Rack and Pinion, Variable Assist.
Traction control : Yes
Stability control : Yes
Seat belts : 4
Airbags : 10
Front brakes : Disc (ABS)
Rear brakes : Disc (ABS)
Front tires : P255/40 R18
Rear tires : P285/35 R18
Front suspension : Independent, Pneumatic, Multi-link
Rear suspension : Independent, Pneumatic, Multi-link
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