The new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is here with a new sense of style and cutting-edge technology. The entirely re-designed 435hp V8 bi-turbo engine of the CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY, with a combined consumption of 29.73mpg, opens a new dimension of efficiency in the luxury coupe category. Its NEDC figures show savings of up to 23% over its predecessor model, plus CO2 emissions having dropped. This significant reduction is achieved thanks to the newly developed BlueDIRECT technology with third-generation spray-guided direct injection. The package includes energy-efficient control of alternator, fuel pump, air-conditioning compressor and power-assisted steering system, as well as the ECO start/stop function. It also features the use of low rolling resistance tires and the energy-optimized Active Body Control system. Under the hood is 4663cc displacement eight-cylinder engine. It is still around 12% more powerful than its predecessor, which had an output of 388hp. At the same time, torque increased 32%. The CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY requires a mere 4.9 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (previous model: 5.4 seconds). The new CL will also come with a multitude of other new features including active lane keeping assist, blind spot assist, night view assist and speed limit assist among many others to help drivers.
Perhaps one of the more interesting assists is Active Body Control. It modifies the wheel load distribution via the spring struts within milliseconds depending on crosswind direction and intensity. It not only regulates roll, but pitching and squatting movements as well ensuring a perfect harmony of comfort and handling stability. In addition to crosswind stabilization, the new suspension features an energy-optimized hydraulic pump that takes part of the burden off the engine, contributing towards reducing fuel consumption.
Inside, the CL has several new technologies as well including its multimedia. Mercedes equips its flagship model with the new splitview technology in the center console. This innovative display concept allows the driver and front passenger to view different contents simultaneously on one and the same screen. For example, while the driver uses the map-based navigation system, the front passenger can be watching a film on DVD. The standard control and display system also comes with Bluetooth, USB and SD card interfaces. It is also possible to transfer and update navigation data. Other interior options include four different kinds of hand-made wood, two different variations of leather, multifunction steering wheel and ambient lighting. Stay tuned for release dates, products and US model information on the new CL-Class.