2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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What's New for 2013:
  • Standard Mbrace 2 telematics system

Exterior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a 4-passenger fastback sedan that some might refer to as a \"4-door coupe.\" It is based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class platform and sold as the CLS550 and the performance-tuned CLS63 AMG. The CLS63 AMG is covered in a separate overview.

Standard equipment for the CLS550 includes bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, standard sport body kit, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is equipped with standard dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 14-way power front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a power sunroof. A full-length center console separates the individual rear seats, and the CLS550 includes ambient cabin lighting and a universal garage door opener. Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic information, and a 14-speaker premium audio system with a CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, satellite radio and 10GB of digital music storage are also standard.

Optional Features
Options for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class include a Premium 1 package (reversing camera, heated and ventilated front seats, LED headlights with automatic high beams and Active Curve Illumination, power-closing trunk, Keyless Go entry and ignition, iPod connection, power rear sunshade); Wheel package (AMG-design aluminum wheels, sport steering wheel, manual shift mode for transmission); Lane Tracking package (blind-spot assist, lane-keeping assist); and a Driver Assistance package (active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, active cruise control with Pre-Safe Brake).

Additional options include an active multi-contour driver's seat, wood/leather steering wheel, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a split-folding rear seat. A rear-seat entertainment system and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot technology are also optional, and Mercedes offers the CLS with Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection, active park-assist system, and rear side-impact air bags. Buyers can also custom-tailor the CLS550 through Designo paint and interior material options.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine producing 402 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 443 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 rpm and 4,750 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters delivers power to the rear wheels. A 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The CLS550 is also equipped with a semi-active Airmatic suspension with Normal and Sport settings.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 are:

  • CLS550: 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • CLS550 4Matic: 16/25/19 mpg

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is equipped with 10 air bags, traction control, stability control, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, predictive brake priming, and automatic brake drying. Hill-start and hill-hold assist systems are standard, as well as rain-sensing wipers and an Attention Assist drowsy driver detection system.

Options include a blind-spot monitoring system and a lane-departure warning system. For additional cost, each of these systems adds technology that can actively correct the vehicle's course if the driver is unresponsive to audible warnings, according to Mercedees.

The Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system keeps a set distance between the CLS and traffic ahead, automatically accelerating or slowing the vehicle as is necessary. The Pre-Safe technology readies the brakes to provide maximum stopping power if the CLS senses an imminent danger and can prepare the car for a crash if necessary, shutting the windows and moving the seats to a safer position.

A Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection system projects an infrared image of the road ahead onto the in-dash display, and can help identify when a pedestrian has stepped into the darkened road.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.


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