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Revised 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Coupe Introduces New Automotive Lighting Technology

By: Jeff Youngs, 6/25/2014

Mercedes-Benz has announced extensive renovations to its 4-door CLS-Class Coupe, including a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine, a 9-speed automatic transmission, precision Multibeam LED headlights, a honed front section, and several upgrades to the interior. According to the automaker, the sum of the changes combines "contemporary luxury with passionate sportiness." The most immediately visible change will be a chrome diamond radiator grille, a striking front bumper with large air intakes, and slightly darkened taillights.

Both the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe and the CLS Shooting Brake will now feature all-LED headlights in a new design. Available on both models will be Multibeam LED lights, which can optimally adjust the light distribution instantly and automatically to virtually any traffic situation. In addition to the camera on the windshield, this new lighting system will be guided by four control units per vehicle, which calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and control all 24 high-performance LEDs in each module quickly and individually. Each LED is dimmable in 255 stages.

Each Multibeam LED light also offers a "preview" function, which anticipates turns and swivels the light before the driver turns the wheels. A "curve light" adjusts the beam more subtly, for traffic circles?of which the lights are automatically alerted by the navigation system.

In the cabin, the new CLS features a new in-dash color display with livelier graphics, redesigned 3-spoke sport steering wheel, and a central control panel with added buttons. The interior offers a choice of five colors and six trim finishes.

The CLS400 will be powered by a new 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine that delivers 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The CLS550 has a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 with power output of 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Mercedes did not provide power figures for the 2015 CLS63 AMG S-Model.

According to Mercedes, the CLS550 will be the first vehicle in the premium segment to offer a 9-speed automatic transmission with hydrodynamic torque converter. Other models in the 2015 CLS-Class will receive it later.

The 2015 CLS-Class will also receive a host of upgrades to its assistance systems, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which Mercedes says can help prevent rear-end collisions through autonomous braking, plus other steering and braking assists.

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