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By Chris Chilton
24 April 2008 10:01
It’s facelift time for Merc’s banana-shaped CLS, a coupe/saloon crossover based on the dull old E-class. It hasn’t been around for long so there are no big changes for this mid-life refresh, just minor cosmetic tweaks to keep it looking contemporary in a line-up of newer Benz products.
Hold onto your hats because the grille now contains two horizontal bars instead of four, the new larger door mirrors contain arrow-shaped direction indicators and the previously oval tailpipes are now trapezoidal. Both bumpers have also been smoothed off and 18-inch wheels are now standard. We’ve made light of the changes but they do improve an already striking looking car.
A revised instrument cluster features white dials on a strange background of horizontal lines but the most welcome change is the replacement of the old car’s big four-spoke wheel for a much sportier and more 'grabbable' three-spoker. Heated leather seats are now standard and the wood-covered wraparound dash ensures the CLS’s cabin remains one of the most interesting big four-doors in which to spend time.
It’s still not for those who care about practicality though. While the front of the Merc’s passenger compartment has ample room for plus-sized adults, the sloping roofline that gives the car its coupeness robs headroom so that anyone over 6ft will feel the pinch. Wearing hats inside is strictly for midgets.
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RE: Mercedes CLS320 CDI facelift (2008)
Classic example of a car that not photgraph can do justice too. It look so much better in the metal. Makes me wonder how good the Passat CC will look like when i actually get to see one...
25 April 2008 07:16
Look a gain at the front profile (second pic), looks like the profile of a mini van. Regardless, I am still a fan. Can't wait for the 2009 E-class
24 April 2008 19:27
The standard BMW 3.0 diesel produces around 230bhp, its the *35d (3.0l twin turbo) which pumps out around 280, so not a fair comparison.
24 April 2008 16:45
Mercs V6 turbodiesel produces 221bhp and 398lb torque. BMW's in-line 6 turbodiesel produces 280bhp and 428lb torque. Both share the same cubic capacity. If Merc haven't an upgrade it seems they're some way behind the Bavarian clan!
24 April 2008 14:54
Its still a sharp looking design in the flesh, but that profile shor does it no favours what so ever...
24 April 2008 14:15
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