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
Evolved from the Mercedes-Benz
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
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.