There are cars and there are cult cars or ones which are credited to starting an entire new segment and this one goes to the Mercedes CLS. The fact that it was available earlier in India is completely out of context and Mercedes have outdone themselves by launching the all new 2011 Mercedes CLS class in India. There is only one variant and it is the CLS 350 BlueEfficiency. This is Mercedes’ second launch in approximately a week, apart from the all new C-Class which was launched earlier on. This isn’t the last one for this year and Mercedes has two more surprises coming up in the festive season. The current CLS class is based on the E-class platform, which in itself is a good thing to start with. The bonnet and some parts of the doors have also been made with aluminium to keep the overall weight low.
SLS mimicry can immediately be noticed in the nose of the CLS as also the inclusion of an all LED head lamps. The interiors also have been significantly revamped and now include the likes of an excellent Harmon Kardon system as also newly improved seats. The COMAND system is also a new one with improved screen navigation and interface. The 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine makes 306 Bhp of power and 370 Nm of torque. An all new 7-G tronic transmission does the cog shifting. 0-100 kmph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 250 kmph make this 4 door coupe a novelty thing. This new CLS also comes with Airmatic suspension as also 4Matic drive. The price of this one is Rs 67.67 lakhs, which is Rs 8 lakhs less than what the previous iteration went for. These prices are ex-show room, Mumbai.