What’s it concerning the new crop of autos? It’s nice that the”cheerful” part in automotive styling is over (the demented visage of these outdated Mazda 3s nonetheless hang-out my nightmares), however what we’re left with, not less than within the passenger automobile phase, is gigantic, offended grilles or, within the case of the 2018 Ford Mustang and next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS, a type of unhappy face.
Why the droopy eyes, Mercedes?
Regardless of the motive, the automaker is bringing greater than a questionable entrance finish remedy to the desk with its third-generation CLS. The sedan that began the four-door coupe craze (which then jumped ship to the SUV phase) adopts a bunch of modifications for 2019, not the least of which is a brand new engine that ought to have each purists and futurists smiling.
All hail the inline six.
Beneath the CLS’s lengthy hood rests M-B’s newest powertrain providing — a turbocharged three.Zero-liter inline-six that adopts a touch of inexperienced in an effort to scale back gasoline consumption. That includes a 48-volt electrical system and built-in starter-generator, the delicate hybrid setup additionally affords drivers a shot of added grunt.
The gasoline engine’s potential tops out at 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Ought to a driver request further puissance, its electrical alter ego goes to work, including an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft for a “quick interval.” Mercedes calls the engine’s electrical alter ego “EQ Increase,” claiming it assists the gasoline engine throughout acceleration and makes gas-free driving at velocity (“crusing”) a risk. It additionally restarts the engine when the motive force releases the brake pedal at a stoplight, furthering gasoline mileage positive factors.
Sending the facility to the rear (or all 4) wheels is the duty of a nine-speed automated transmission.
If you happen to’re questioning what all of this electrical magic can do for the graceful six’s thirstiness, preserve ready — Mercedes hasn’t endowed the CLS450 or CLS450 4Matic with any gasoline economic system estimates. Somewhat, the automaker claims the electrified straight six affords the efficiency of a V8 with “considerably decrease consumption.” Acceleration occasions, just like the mannequin’s value, will even have to attend.
Beneath the mannequin’s “Sensual Purity” pores and skin (characterised by sharp edges, clear contours, and diminished strains) lies greater than only a fancy engine. The driving force help package deal accommodates options too quite a few to say. A number of the options, borrowed from the brand new S-Class, are considerably improved, amongst them Energetic Lane Change Help. Mercedes’ Energizing Consolation system permits drivers to program all components of the automobile’s creature comforts (together with HVAC controls, seating place, seat and steering wheel heaters, lighting, and, sure, fragrancing) to go well with their ever-changing temper.
Amongst different new options, the important thing dimension is width. The cockpit’s wavy sprint design is supposed to provide an look of added breadth. The central digital show stretches to 12.three inches, and will be coupled with a second show of the identical width for a real Digital Age driving expertise. Even the LED headlamps undertake an extra-wide low beam setting.
Beneath the automobile, an improved Air Physique Management air suspension affords enhanced damping that drivers can change up at will. Absolutely, no driver desires highway bumps perturbing their fragrance-enhanced trip, or that of their 4 passengers (sure, there’s a full rear bench now).
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS goes on sale in late 2018.
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