Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2009 reviews



This is my first post for Mercedes car. Hope it will give all the readers great info.
CLS Act, II: Freshening up after a three-year run on the road
2009 is the years its E-Class platformmate is in for a thorough redo.
So Mercedes-Benz is freshening its swoopy CLS-class four door "coupe."

There is no big changes will be done to the CLS550 and CLS63
AMG each get a new two-bar grille (replacing the original four-bar
grille), LED taillights, and side-view mirrors with 32-percent-larger
glass and built-in arrow-shaped turn signals. The base car
also gets new 18-inch wheels with a five-twin-spoke design,
a new rear bumper with trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes (replacing oval ones).

For the interior, both models get three-spoke steering wheels. For the CLS's
has thumb-rests and is squared off at the bottom to indicate
extreme sportiness. A brand-new center screen and user
interface to control the audio, climate, and navigation systems.
The new hard-drive-based (36-gig) navigation system is now
standard on all models, as is an SD-type memory-card slot for
playing up to two gigabytes of MP3 music.


The COMMAND system evolves with slightly different directional
buttons to navigate the menus, new buttons to go back a screen
or cancel a function, and the little buttons that used to
line the left and right sides of the screen to control various
functions are gone.

For the interior, both models get three-spoke steering wheels. For the CLS's
has thumb-rests and is squared off at the bottom to indicate
extreme sportiness. A brand-new center screen and user
interface to control the audio, climate, and navigation systems.
The new hard-drive-based (36-gig) navigation system is now
standard on all models, as is an SD-type memory-card slot for
playing up to two gigabytes of MP3 music.

Despite the fact that none of the dirty parts have changed
noticeably, we were invited to flog new CLSs on autobahns
and Austrian switchbacks alike. I might report with
no equivocation that the larger mirrors provide excellent visibility
and no wind noise, the three-spoke steering wheels command
helms that are paragons of accuracy if not road feel, and that
the trapezoidal tailpipes didn't alter a note of the sweet
sonorous exhaust music.


2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-class
Base Price $68,775-$94,500
Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD
Engine 5.5L/382-hp/391-lb-ft DOHC V-8; 6.2L/507-hp/465-lb-ft DOHC V-8
Transmission 7-speed auto
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4000-4200 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 112.4 in
Length x width x height 193.0 x 73.7 x 54.7 in
EPA city/hwy econ 12-14/18-21 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.18-1.37 lb/mile