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Los Angeles 2017: New 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Adds Fifth Seat, Electric Assist

The third-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS made its global debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show this week and looks set to build on the legacy of the pioneering luxury four-door coupe.

From a design standpoint, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS embodies the brand’s new “Sensual Purity” design language, which is characterized by clean contours and restrained lines. Its most notable features include a grille contour that widens towards the base (similar to the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car), a forward-slanting front section, wide, low-set headlamps and two-section taillights. Of course, it’s impossible to miss the arching midsection, flat side window lines and low greenhouse. A drag coefficient of 0.26 is proof of its outstanding aerodynamics, as well.

Inside, an overall impression of flowing design and spaciousness is created by the wave-like pattern of the cabin, which extends from the front to the rear doors, opening up at the B‑pillars. The open-pored or high-gloss wood centre console appears to be free-floating, thanks to its surface trim. The seats were specifically designed for the new CLS and, for the first time, up to five people can sit inside rather than just four. When required, the rear seatbacks can be folded down in a 40/20/40 ratio, expanding the generous 520‑litre luggage compartment.

Comfortable and generously appointed
The sporty 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS also has a comfortable side, which is accentuated by available AIR BODY CONTROL suspension, ENERGIZING comfort controls and the latest infotainment generation with smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MB Link and wireless charging. When operating the vehicle's numerous convenience functions and settings, the touchpad in the centre console gives haptic and acoustic feedback.

Standard equipment, as usual, is quite extensive. Highlights include LED High Performance headlamps, 19‑inch light-alloy AMG Styling wheels, new ambient lighting which includes illuminated air vents and a 12.3‑inch media display. An optional high-resolution widescreen cockpit is available, featuring two configurable 12.3‑inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover.

Electrically assisted for extra power and efficiency
With regard to motivation, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS gets a completely new in-line six-cylinder engine that generates 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. EQ Boost electric assist supplies an additional 22 hp and 185 lb-ft over short periods. This integrated electric motor makes driving without the combustion engine possible and supplies the battery with power by means of high-efficiency recuperation. Ultimately, CLS owners can expect fuel savings that were previously the exclusive domain of high-voltage hybrid technology.

Naturally, a wide range of driving assistance and safety systems are available, but you should know that Active Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and the occupant protection system PRE-SAFE all come standard. Also, for the first time, the CLS makes use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will enter the Canadian market in summer 2018.