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Segment: Premium Luxury
Drivetrain option(s): RWD
The redesigned 2019 CLS will be powered by Daimler's new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, making it the first U.S. application of the automaker's new 48-volt electrical system. Mercedes is scrapping the eight-cylinder engine for the base U.S.-market CLS, which now will be called the CLS450. With the update, the CLS moves to a new platform -- MRA, or Modular Rear Architecture, the same platform used for the redesigned E class. It gets the latest suite of Mercedes semiautonomous driving features that debuted on the re-engineered S class. The design harks back to the first-generation CLS, which launched what's known as the four-door coupe segment in 2005. It will have a fifth seat for the first time ever.
Mercedes-AMG's new midrange 53 line is powered by a new electrified 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine and will include variants of the redesigned CLS, E-class coupe and E-class convertible. The new engine, which has a 48-volt electrical system, generates 429 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque. A starter-alternator can momentarily boost output by an additional 21 hp, plus 184 pound-feet of torque. The new 53 models include a twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, an A-wing front bumper design, AMG-specific side sill panels, a rear bumper with diffuser insert and round exhaust tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome.
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Brand Product Timeline: Mercedes-Benz