Style, opulence, and power are the three conspicuous traits of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but the 2019 edition looks poised to take the luxury sedan market by storm. It’s all-new for this year, adding tech from the S-Class, upgrading the engine, and putting some fresh touches on the beauty the CLS has possessed for over 15 years. Mercedes-Benz fans should revel in this new offering, a tantalizing preview at the future of the company and a glimpse at what’s made the German automaker the brand to own for over 90 years.
A New Engine
No one seemed all that upset when the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS came with a 4.7-liter V-8. This behemoth produced 403 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, propelling drivers down the road with ferocity. Despite this power and a lack of critical panning, Mercedes-Benz opted for a more eco-friendly and efficient engine for the 2019 model.
The 2019 CLS can almost be described as a pseudo-hybrid, using an electric motor in unison with the engine. It features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that pairs with a 48-volt electrical system and an electric motor to produce 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Despite this loss in oomph, the CLS uses the electrical components to provide a boost to acceleration, tacking on 21 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque when you need it most. The electric motor can also power the vehicle entirely on its own for short spurts, improving fuel economy and lowering the vehicle’s carbon footprint.
New models are always exciting because they provide a plethora of cutting-edge features to entice new buyers and satisfy fans of the brand. The 2019 CLS adds all the extras inside and out, and you’ll notice as soon as you lay eyes on this work of art. LED lighting adorns the exterior of the vehicle, while 19 inches of bling bring your wheels to life.
Inside, a massive 12.3-inch touch-screen display makes it easy to navigate apps, podcasts, navigation, or whatever else you need to stay connected. Smartphone integration furthers your technological reaches, while a 64-color ambient lighting display sets the mood no matter what you’re feeling.
Going to the Masseuse
If you’re going to drive a Mercedes-Benz, you may as well shroud yourself in some ridiculous extras that leave you asking if it’s for real. That’s just what the 2019 CLS offers. Heated and ventilated seats are always a nice touch when you’re driving, but when you add in a standard massager, it takes the experience to another level. The massage feature has six distinct programs, ranging from muscle activation to muscle relaxation. If you’ve had a rough day at the office, tweaked your back, or just need a little somethin’-somethin’, the CLS has your back. Literally.
In the world of luxury vehicles, there’s the 2019 Mercedes-Benz, and there’s everyone else. This vehicle is proof that Mercedes-Benz has the power to define the next generation of luxury vehicles, and it’s still the class of the industry. Look for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS to hit showrooms sometime in late 2018.