2018 Mercedes CLS will be available as sedan only

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2018 Mercedes CLS is a coupe-shaped sports sedan with powerful engines.

The Mercedes CLS was first introduced in 2004 as something that would slot between the E-Class and the S-Class. A return to a proper 4-door coupe for Mercedes, replacing the executive sized E-Class coupe in 1995.

It has gone on to be one of the best-selling models for Mercedes, leading to a number of different styles and versions, perhaps most notably, the ‘Shooting Brake’, although that model was never made available in the U.S.

For 2018, Mercedes are dropping the Shooting Brake; poor sales numbers and budget cutbacks means that Mercedes-Benz are concentrating their efforts on the more profitable lines.

2018 Mercedes CLS Release date

Mercedes have remained very tight-lipped with any details regarding the new 2018 CLS, but sources say that we should see the new model being unveiled in the early part of 2018, with full production and sales happening later that year.

2018 Mercedes CLS release date: 2018

2018 Mercedes CLS Price

We can find no reference to expected prices for the new CLS, at best guess, we would say that there will be a small increase over current prices, perhaps 5% or so. Expect to see the prices starting around $70,000.

2018 Mercedes CLS Changes

The new 2018 CLS will be built upon the same platform (MRA) as the S-Class, E-Class and C-Class. This will be the third generation of this popular model, and the engineers at M-B have looked at where the current model has flaws and they’ve tried to address these flaws.

From what we understand, the CLS will get the same engine line-up and technology that’s fitted in the new E-Class. This should mean that under the hood will be a straight 6 engine as standard, available as a gas or diesel option, and there will be multi-turbo layouts and options for those wanting a bit more performance, although the base model should have around 300 BHP, which in itself, isn’t that lowly.

2018 Mercedes CLS Redesign

Further options could see the power increased to somewhere near 600 BHP with the AMG versions. Speaking of AMG, the CLS will be available in three trim options; Sport, AMG and AMG S.

No one has seen any designs, sketches, renderings or test mules of the new car, so details regarding the style are vague, but Merc has said that the rear will be significantly different; new lights, boot-lid and flanks will make the back-end noticeably different while still retaining the CLS look.

2018 Mercedes CLS video

2018 Mercedes CLS Equipment

As you’d expect from Mercedes, the new CLS will be packed with technology, even the base models should have such features as rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, USB and high-quality media systems.

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The new CLS continue the model line of updated Mercs, making it a great successor to the previous generations and proper competitor to A7 and Panamera.

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