Mercedes Benz India has launched the keenly awaited 2015 CLS Class facelift at a sticker price of Rs. 76.5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi) in the country. Apart from the CLS 250 CDI, the company has also launched the E Class Cabriolet at an introductory price of Rs. 78.5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi). The CLS, for the first time, gets a diesel motor in India and is nothing but a 4-door coupe version of the E 400 cabriolet.
Talking about the CLS 250 CDI, it gets subtle modifications at the outside. The 4-door CLS coupe now flaunts Multibeam LED lights along with a front grille, which is identical to one with A-Class. It becomes the first company model to get cloud-based apps, including radio, Twitter and Facebook. The Stuggart-based luxury automaker says that Cloud based Apps will be rolled out in other company models as well with COMAND system. It also gets a 14 speaker Harman Kardon System with 610 Watt output and 8-inch screen with COMAND Online system. As for safety of the occupants, it has 360 degree bird’s eye camera, Active Parking Assist, nine airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, ESP, Hill Start Assist etc. to name a few as standard.
Coming to the Mercedes-Benz E 400 Cabriolet, it's fully-electric soft-top opens and closes in 20 seconds flat, and can be operated on speeds up to 40kph. Quite similar to the CLS 250 CDI, it too has Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers and 610 watt output. It flaunts LED headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs) for low beam, while Full LED lamps are availabe as an optional feature. This 2-door open-top saloon has ample space in the back seat as well. As for safety, it gets 7-airbags as standard and the integral roll-over bar can be deployed in 0.3 seconds.
Mechanically, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI gets a 2.2L diesel engine, which generates a maximum power of 201bhp and peak torque of 500Nm. It is the same powertrain which also does duties to the E 250 CDI and the ML 250 CDI. On the other hand, the E 400 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0L V6 petrol engine which pumps out a top power of 328bhp and peak torque of 480Nm. Both these engine are linked to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which - according to company - helps in achieveing higher mileage. Mercedes E 400 does a 0-100kmph in a mere 5.3 seconds. Both these cars would be sold in India via the CBU route.