The CLS will be flanked on stage by the newly redesigned SLK roadster and a refreshed C-Class line.
The CLS takes most of its styling cues from the Vision CLS concept that bowed at the Frankfurt auto show in 2003. It provides Mercedes with its long-awaited coupe-like sedan, thanks to its four conventional doors matched with a low roofline that gives it the overall shape of a traditional coupe.
Mercedes says it wanted to make the CLS look more like a coupe to provide a powerful, yet elegant, option to traditional luxury sedans.
|Mercedes will debut its new CLS-Class sedan in Geneva.|
The interior of the CLS features an abundance of leather and wood trim. The steering wheel and gear selector are covered in the same soft leather used for the seats, while burr walnut trim and satin painted wood trim elements are employed along the instrument panel and throughout the interior.
The CLS-Class will offer two gasoline engines, including a 3.5L V-6 (in the CLS 350) producing 272 hp and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque at 2,400 rpm.
For those wanting higher performance, the up-level CLS 500 will be fitted with a 5.0L V-8, generating 306 hp and 339 lb.-ft. (460 Nm) of torque.
Both the CLS 350 and 500 will feature Mercedes’ innovative 7G-Tronic, 7-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. The 7-speed is said to improve shift smoothness and overall fuel economy.
For those looking for something a bit more sporty, Mercedes will debut its all-new SLK roadster, which shares some of the styling cues of the high-performance SLR. The SLK also comes with a new family of engines.
The engine lineup includes three new powerplants that can produce between 163 hp and 360 hp. The most notable addition is the 360-hp 8-cyl. from Mercedes’ AMG performance unit.
A newly developed 3.5L 6-cyl. engine, which produces 272 hp, makes its debut in the SLK 350. The tried-and-true 163-hp 4-cyl. Kompressor engine remains the base powerplant in the SLK 200.
The SLK also will feature the 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission as optional equipment on select models.
Not to be outshone, the newly restyled C-Class line will bow in Geneva, as well. The C-Class features revised front and rear fascia designs and a restyled interior.
The most notable change to the C-Class range is the addition of the C 55 AMG, featuring a 5.5L V-8 producing 367 hp and 376 lbs.-ft. (510 Nm) of torque.
The C 55 AMG features a unique interior, with exclusive sport gauges and seats for added support during spirited driving. The steering wheel includes gear-shift buttons to add to the sporty appeal.