2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What Changed for 2009:

  • 4Matic (AWD) available for first time-standard on CL550 coupe
  • New Parking Guidance system available
  • Blind Spot Assist system now available
  • Gearshift paddles replace previous buttons
  • \"Hold\" convenience braking function new for 2009
  • Four models offered: CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG
Overview
Evolved from the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class in the late 1970s, the CL-Class is the grand touring model of the brand, often tasked to debut the latest technology and most powerful engines from Mercedes-Benz. The fourth generation of the CL-Class debuted in late 2006. These CL models are sleek coupes, devoid of an obstructing B-pillar (the vertical piece of window frame behind the driver's ears). Two powerful AMG-sourced engine choices debuted in 2008: the CL63 AMG with a V-8, and the CL65 AMG with V-12 power.

The 2009 model year marks the first time Mercedes-Benz has offered their 4Matic all-wheel-drive system on a CL-Class coupe. In fact, it's standard on the 2009 CL550 model along with new 18-inch, 7-twin-spoke wheels. Sporty gearshift paddles have replaced the transmission selector buttons and new push/pull window switches are installed. A \"hold\" convenience braking feature has been added, too. A new Parking Guidance system, which uses six radar sensors, is incorporated into the radar-based Distronic Plus cruise-control system. Parking Guidance can identify a suitable parallel-parking space and display steering directions. New Blind Spot Assist, also incorporated into Distronic Plus, monitors the car's blind spots and gives visual/audible warnings when a vehicle is present. Each CL-Class coupe includes a 48-month/50,000-mile factory warranty.

Model Lineup
There are four CL-Class models for 2009: CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG. Each CL-Class model contains a different powerplant. The standard models are the CL550 4Matic and the CL600, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines. Passenger compartments are swathed in fine leather and wood, while the occupants relax under fiber-optic ambient lighting. Fourteen-way power seating for the driver and passenger and a power rear-window sunshade are included as standard equipment. The CL600 includes higher levels of wood and leather trim, Distronic Plus, infrared Night View Assist, Keyless-Go, rearview monitor, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available options on these models include numerous seating and stereo upgrades, and several wheel and tire packages.

The performance-oriented CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines, offer upgraded engines, tuned active suspensions, and stronger braking systems. Standard wheels are 20 inches in diameter, in staggered sizes, with high-performance tires. AMG coupes feature unique body styling, large air intakes, and contoured side skirts. Also included are a sport steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and multi-contour leather sport seats. The AMG Sport package adds deeper front/rear aprons, AMG side sills, and 19-inch, 5-spoke AMG wheels. Options on the AMG-series CL models include dynamic seating with automatic pneumatic adjusting and an infrared-based Night View Assist for improved nighttime vision while driving.

Powertrain
Consumers who purchase the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class again have four engine choices. The CL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 7-speed automatic (With 4Matic, 2009 EPA mileage ratings are 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway). The CL600 features a bi-turbo V-12 engine providing 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission handles shifting (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway).

The CL63 AMG is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with AMG SPEEDSHIFT (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway). A Sport/Comfort/Manual button lets the driver select a shift pattern, which also affects gas-pedal response and suspension settings. The flagship CL65 AMG boasts a bi-turbo V-12 engine providing 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, working through a 5-speed automatic transmission (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). All AMG engines are hand-assembled. With the exception of the CL550 with 4Matic (AWD), all CL models are rear-wheel drive.

Safety
All 2009 CL-Class models come standard with PRE-SAFE, a Mercedes-Benz system that uses sophisticated electronics to sense an impending accident and prepare the vehicle and passengers for the situation. In the event of a collision, the driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage front air bags and side-impact air bags. Both front seats offer 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioning devices. The driver benefits from an additional air bag for the knees. In the event of a severe side impact, window curtain air bags deploy from the headliner and cover the passenger windows down the side of the vehicle. Radar-based Parking Guidance and Blind Spot Assist are new safety features for 2009, available in models with Distronic Plus.

The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been recently crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
In the center of the instrument cluster is a color multi-function display. The driver is able to use steering-wheel controls to display various menus and features on command. These include a digital vehicle speedometer, radio and entertainment information, navigation route guidance, and cruise control settings. A unique \"tunnel mode\" button offers one-touch closing of all open windows, sunroof and interior vents-pressing the button again restores everything to its original position. In addition to the harmon/kardon 600-watt digital surround-sound system, all CL models offer the Mercedes-Benz COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system for integrated control of all radio, navigation and vehicle settings.

Under the skin of the CL550, the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system contains a planetary gearset that starts with a 45 percent/55 percent front-to-rear torque distribution. Mercedes-Benz notes that skilled drivers will acknowledge that the rear-biased AWD system feels much like rear-wheel drive. Distronic cruise control, which maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead, has been replaced by optional radar-based Distronic Plus. Mercedes-Benz says it's especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic. Park Assist scans available parking space and signals if the car will fit. When backing up, helpful guidelines are superimposed on the rearview camera display.

What Changed for 2009:

  • 4Matic (AWD) available for first time-standard on CL550 coupe
  • New Parking Guidance system available
  • Blind Spot Assist system now available
  • Gearshift paddles replace previous buttons
  • \"Hold\" convenience braking function new for 2009
  • Four models offered: CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG
Overview
Evolved from the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class in the late 1970s, the CL-Class is the grand touring model of the brand, often tasked to debut the latest technology and most powerful engines from Mercedes-Benz. The fourth generation of the CL-Class debuted in late 2006. These CL models are sleek coupes, devoid of an obstructing B-pillar (the vertical piece of window frame behind the driver's ears). Two powerful AMG-sourced engine choices debuted in 2008: the CL63 AMG with a V-8, and the CL65 AMG with V-12 power.

The 2009 model year marks the first time Mercedes-Benz has offered their 4Matic all-wheel-drive system on a CL-Class coupe. In fact, it's standard on the 2009 CL550 model along with new 18-inch, 7-twin-spoke wheels. Sporty gearshift paddles have replaced the transmission selector buttons and new push/pull window switches are installed. A \"hold\" convenience braking feature has been added, too. A new Parking Guidance system, which uses six radar sensors, is incorporated into the radar-based Distronic Plus cruise-control system. Parking Guidance can identify a suitable parallel-parking space and display steering directions. New Blind Spot Assist, also incorporated into Distronic Plus, monitors the car's blind spots and gives visual/audible warnings when a vehicle is present. Each CL-Class coupe includes a 48-month/50,000-mile factory warranty.

Model Lineup
There are four CL-Class models for 2009: CL550 4Matic, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG. Each CL-Class model contains a different powerplant. The standard models are the CL550 4Matic and the CL600, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines. Passenger compartments are swathed in fine leather and wood, while the occupants relax under fiber-optic ambient lighting. Fourteen-way power seating for the driver and passenger and a power rear-window sunshade are included as standard equipment. The CL600 includes higher levels of wood and leather trim, Distronic Plus, infrared Night View Assist, Keyless-Go, rearview monitor, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available options on these models include numerous seating and stereo upgrades, and several wheel and tire packages.

The performance-oriented CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG, powered respectively by V-8 and V-12 engines, offer upgraded engines, tuned active suspensions, and stronger braking systems. Standard wheels are 20 inches in diameter, in staggered sizes, with high-performance tires. AMG coupes feature unique body styling, large air intakes, and contoured side skirts. Also included are a sport steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and multi-contour leather sport seats. The AMG Sport package adds deeper front/rear aprons, AMG side sills, and 19-inch, 5-spoke AMG wheels. Options on the AMG-series CL models include dynamic seating with automatic pneumatic adjusting and an infrared-based Night View Assist for improved nighttime vision while driving.

Powertrain
Consumers who purchase the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class again have four engine choices. The CL550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 7-speed automatic (With 4Matic, 2009 EPA mileage ratings are 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway). The CL600 features a bi-turbo V-12 engine providing 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission handles shifting (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway).

The CL63 AMG is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with AMG SPEEDSHIFT (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway). A Sport/Comfort/Manual button lets the driver select a shift pattern, which also affects gas-pedal response and suspension settings. The flagship CL65 AMG boasts a bi-turbo V-12 engine providing 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, working through a 5-speed automatic transmission (2009 EPA ratings: 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway). All AMG engines are hand-assembled. With the exception of the CL550 with 4Matic (AWD), all CL models are rear-wheel drive.

Safety
All 2009 CL-Class models come standard with PRE-SAFE, a Mercedes-Benz system that uses sophisticated electronics to sense an impending accident and prepare the vehicle and passengers for the situation. In the event of a collision, the driver and front passenger are protected by dual-stage front air bags and side-impact air bags. Both front seats offer 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioning devices. The driver benefits from an additional air bag for the knees. In the event of a severe side impact, window curtain air bags deploy from the headliner and cover the passenger windows down the side of the vehicle. Radar-based Parking Guidance and Blind Spot Assist are new safety features for 2009, available in models with Distronic Plus.

The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been recently crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
In the center of the instrument cluster is a color multi-function display. The driver is able to use steering-wheel controls to display various menus and features on command. These include a digital vehicle speedometer, radio and entertainment information, navigation route guidance, and cruise control settings. A unique \"tunnel mode\" button offers one-touch closing of all open windows, sunroof and interior vents-pressing the button again restores everything to its original position. In addition to the harmon/kardon 600-watt digital surround-sound system, all CL models offer the Mercedes-Benz COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system for integrated control of all radio, navigation and vehicle settings.

Under the skin of the CL550, the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system contains a planetary gearset that starts with a 45 percent/55 percent front-to-rear torque distribution. Mercedes-Benz notes that skilled drivers will acknowledge that the rear-biased AWD system feels much like rear-wheel drive. Distronic cruise control, which maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead, has been replaced by optional radar-based Distronic Plus. Mercedes-Benz says it's especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic. Park Assist scans available parking space and signals if the car will fit. When backing up, helpful guidelines are superimposed on the rearview camera display.

Available Trims for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 5.5L V8 (2dr Cpe 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 107900.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
Name 5.5L V12 (2dr Cpe RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 151900.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
Name 6.3L V8 AMG (2dr Cpe RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 142700.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 11/18
Name 6.0L V12 AMG (2dr Cpe RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 203700.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/17

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INTERIOR
  • Premium leather seat trim
  • 14-way pwr front bucket seats w/3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support
  • (2) pwr retractable rear head restraints w/manual fore-aft adjust
  • Active ventilated front seats w/heating feature
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim
  • Leather & wood-trimmed steering wheel-inc: audio & multi-function display control, programmable easy-exit feature, mounted shift buttons
  • 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column w/memory
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system-inc: hard drive-based navigation system, audio status, 8" color LCD screen, hands-free communication system controls, driver-programmable settings for instruments, lighting, vehicle, convenience feature
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, audio status, navigation route guidance, tire pressure
  • Digital display-inc: speedometer, odometer, touch shift gear & mode selection
  • Electronic analog tachometer/fuel gauge
  • Mercedes-Benz maintenance system plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders, brake-pad wear
  • Pwr windows
  • SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: windows & sunroof open/close, active ventilated seats on
  • Keyless-Go
  • Cruise control
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible 3-button garage door control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Pwr trunk w/button on driver door & trunk lid & SmartKey
  • Pwr rear window sunshade w/1-touch express up/down
  • GPS navigation system w/20-GB hard drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control-inc: electrostatic dust/pollen filter, humidity/dewpoint/sun sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time/driving speed/exterior temp
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Night security illumination
  • Locator lighting
  • Adjustable ambient lighting
  • Exclusive leather seat trim
  • 14-way pwr drive-dynamic multi-contour front bucket seats-inc: 3-position memory, 4-level massage, pneumatic lumbar support
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, audio status, navigation route guidance, cruise controls, tire pressure
  • Distronic Plus cruise control w/parking guidance, blind spot assist
  • Wood-trimmed telephone keypad cover w/hand rest
  • Alcantara headliner
  • 14-way pwr drive-dynamic multi-contour front AMG sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, 4-level massage, adjustable side bolsters, adjustable lumbar support
  • AMG leather multi-function steering wheel w/shift paddles/audio controls
  • AMG gauges w/AMG racetimer in digital display
  • (3) pwr retractable rear head restraints w/manual fore-aft adjust
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim w/AMG insignia
  • Dual front/rear reading lamps
  • Rear folding center armrest
  • Illuminated trunk w/grocery bag hooks, tie-down hooks
EXTERIOR
  • 18" x 8.5" 7-split-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/45HR18 front & P275/45HR18 rear high performance tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof-inc: 1-touch open/close, memory
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps, automatic lamp substitution, active curve illumination
  • Halogen front foglamps
  • Rear foglamp
  • Programmable pwr folding heated mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror, integrated LED turn signals
  • Variable intermittent rain-sensing dual aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system
  • Laminated infrared-reflecting & noise insulating glass
  • 18" x 8.5" front/18" x 9.5" rear 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/45ZR18 front & P275/45ZR18 rear high performance tires
  • 20" x 8.5" front/20" x 9.5" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/35ZR20 front & P275/45ZR18 rear high performance tires
  • 20" x 8.5" front/20" x 9.5" rear AMG twin 5-spoke forged aluminum wheels
MECHANICAL
  • 5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed automatic driver-adaptive transmission w/OD-inc: touch shift
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Independent 4-link front suspension-inc: anti-lift control, stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension-inc: anti-squat, anti-dive system
  • Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes
  • 5.5L SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed automatic driver-adaptive transmission w/OD-inc: touch shift
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 6.3L DOHC 32-valve V8 AMG engine
  • 7-speed automatic driver-adaptive transmission w/OD-inc: AMG SpeedShift, touch shift
  • AMG modified Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • 6.0L SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 AMG engine
  • 5-speed automatic driver-adaptive transmission w/OD-inc: AMG SpeedShift, touch shift
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Dual-stage front airbags w/front passenger adaptive feature, occupant classification system
    • Front/rear side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear window curtain side airbags
    • Driver knee airbag
    • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm/collision notification
    • Parktronic
    • 3-point seat belts w/emergency tensioning device, dual-stage belt force limiter
    • Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Illuminated emergency trunk release
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Pre-Safe system w/extended functions
    • Night view assist active night vision system
    • Rearview monitor
    • AMG 2-stage electronic stability program (ESP)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM/Weatherband radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, memory card slot
    • (14) speaker 600-watt Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 5.1 digital surround sound system w/MP3 player, aux audio input, 5.1 channel amplifier, digital dynamic volume control
    • Sirius satellite radio
    • Hands-free communication system w/voice control
    • Memory card slot for audio files
    • Auxiliary pwr outlet

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