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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W219)

The C219 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is the first generation of the CLS-Class range of four-door coupe features a fastback body style by Mercedes-Benz, and was produced between 2004 and 2010. The CLS-Class has only four seats and is marketed by Mercedes as a four-door coupé. For this reason, in Germany and in whole Europe the model code name is C219 while in US the CLS is more commonly named as W219 model. It was the first model globally to introduce this four-door coupe style and VW followed with the Volkswagen CC model in 2008. The car is less practical than the W211 E-Class that it is based on, with less legroom, headroom, and boot space. The CLS-Class is priced above the E-Class, but below the S-Class in the Mercedes model range. It was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W218) in 2011.

c219 cls-class fastback

1. Development and Launch

The C219 CLS-Class is based on the Vision CLS concept that was unveiled at the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[1] The design combined the roof-line of a coupé onto the body of a four-door chassis leading to a fastback vehicle. It featured new technologies such as cornering lights, an electrohydraulic braking system (Sensotronic Brake Control), a seven-speed (7G-Tronic) automatic transmission,[2] and a turbo-diesel engine rated at 197 kW (264 hp) and 560 N⋅m (413 lb⋅ft).[3]

The production version of the C219 CLS-Class was based on the W211 E-Class platform,[4] and shares major components including the engines, transmissions and an identical wheelbase of 2,854 mm (112 in). The car is 95 mm (4 in) longer, 51 mm (2 in) wider, and 27 mm (1 in) lower in comparison, and features, according to Mercedes, a 30% stiffer suspension setup and faster steering.[5]

Design patents were filed on July 24, 2002.[6] The production version CLS500 debuted at the 2004 New York International Auto Show.[7]

2. Equipment

Standard equipment includes heated automatically-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and an automatic climate control system.[8] The CLS-Class comes with front and side airbags, and a smart sensor system connected to the seatbelts and airbags that can detect and react to an accident.[9] Available options include: self-cleaning bi-xenon HID headlamps, radar-guided cruise control, keyless go, GPS navigation, Sensotronic Brake Control and AirMATIC air suspension that can be controlled from the driver and can be raised or lowered by 76 mm (3 in).[10]

3. Models

3.1. Petrol Engines

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
CLS280 2008–2009 M272 E30
3.0 L V6
170 kW (228 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500–5,000 rpm
7.7 s
CLS300 2009–2010
CLS350 2004–2006 M272 E35
3.5 L V6
200 kW (268 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,400–5,000 rpm
7.0 s
CLS350 CGI 2006–2010 M272 DE35
3.5 L V6
215 kW (288 hp)
@ 6,400 rpm
365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,000–5,100 rpm
6.7 s
CLS500 2004–2006 M113 E50
5.0 L V8
225 kW (302 hp)
@ 5,600 rpm
460 N⋅m (339 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,700–4,250 rpm
6.1 s
CLS550 2007–2010 M273 E55
5.5 L V8
285 kW (382 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
530 N⋅m (391 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,800–4,800 rpm
5.4 s
CLS55 AMG 2004–2006 M113 E55 AMG
5.4 L V8 supercharged
350 kW (469 hp)
@ 6,100 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,650–4,500 rpm
4.7 s
CLS63 AMG 2006–2010 M156 E63
6.2 L V8
378 kW (507 hp)
@ 6,800 rpm
630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft)
@ 5,200 rpm
4.5 s

3.2. Diesel Engines

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
CLS320 CDI 2005–2010 OM642 DE30
3.0 L V6 turbo
165 kW (221 hp)
@ 3,800 rpm
510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–2,800 rpm
7.0 s
CLS350 CDI 2007–2010 540 N⋅m (398 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600–2,400 rpm
Grand Edition
2009 203 kW (272 hp)
@ 3,800 rpm
590 N⋅m (435 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,600 rpm
6.5 s

4. Special Models

4.1. CLS55 AMG

The CLS55 AMG is a high-performance variant of the CLS-Class featuring a 5.4-litre supercharged V8 producing 350 kW (469 hp) and 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft), and was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2004.[11] Compared to the standard model, the CLS55 AMG has larger 360 mm brake discs with eight-piston callipers from the SL55 AMG,[12] wider 18-inch alloy wheels, revised stiffer AirMATIC air suspension with multiple driving modes,[13] AMG bodywork, and a five-speed automatic transmission.[14]

4.2. CLS63 AMG

CLS63 AMG (facelift).

The CLS63 AMG was introduced in 2006, as the successor to the CLS55 AMG. The car is powered by the then new Mercedes M156 engine that produces 378 kW (507 hp) and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft);[15] with less torque than before in order to accommodate the new AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic seven-speed transmission, instead of the previous five-speed automatic.[16] The new transmission includes a comfort, sport, and manual mode that allows for the manual changing of gears.[17] The car also features an updated instrument cluster and alloy-wheel design.[18]

4.3. CLS Grand Edition (2009)

The CLS Grand Edition was a special edition model of the CLS-Class, with only 560 units produced and sold in 2009.[19] The CLS Grand Edition was available with all non-AMG models at the time, and the CLS350 CDI model received performance improvements of 38 kW (51 hp) and 50 N⋅m (37 lb⋅ft).[20] Standard equipment included: bi-xenon headlights, titanium grey 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, laurel wood interior trim, and 'Grand Edition' insignia.[21] Models were also offered with a choice of designo leather upholstery and four exclusive metallic exterior paint colours.[22]

5. Model Year Changes

5.1. 2006

  • CLS350 replaced by CLS350 CGI[23]
  • CLS55 AMG replaced by CLS63 AMG[24]
  • CLS500 upgraded to 5.5-litre engine[25]

5.2. 2008 Facelift

In 2008, a facelift was introduced for the CLS-Class:[26]

  • Exterior changes include: restyled bumpers and mirrors, LED taillights, redesigned grille now with two louvres, new alloy-wheel designs, squarer shaped tailpipes[27]
  • Interior changes include: introduction of new COMAND APS NTG 2.5 system, non-COMAND systems now have 5.0-inch colour screen, new restyled three-spoke steering wheel[28]
  • CLS63 AMG model now comes with: black grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, AMG sports exhaust system, and new AMG steering wheel[29]
  • Introduction of CLS280 model[30]

Pre-facelift styling




Post-facelift styling



5.3. 2009

  • Limited production Grand Edition models introduced[22]

6. Sales Figures

The CLS-Class was produced in Sindelfingen, Germany .[31]

The following are the sales figures in European markets and in the United States only:[32][33]

Year EU total US total
2004 5,543 -
2005 20,147 14,835
2006 20,262 10,763
2007 17,098 7,906
2008 12,224 5,775
2009 6,083 2,527
2010 3,975 2,135
Total: 85,332 43,941


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