Mercedes-Benz India would launch the CLS-Class facelift and E-Class convertible on March 25, 2015 in the country. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class facelift (CLS 250 CDI) would be launched in diesel fuel trim only, while the E400 Cabriolet would replace the currently sold model E350. It is the company's fourth launch this year and falls under German luxury automaker's 15 launches for India in 2015.
Talking about the CLS Class, it is stylish 4-door coupe version of the E-Class and would be positioned between the E and S-Class. It would be sold here via CBU route and the new CLS 250 CDI is expected to get the same 2143cc diesel motor, which comes with E 250 CDI and the ML 250 CDI. This engine would generate a maximum power of 201bhp and peak torque of 500Nm. However, the current model is only available in petrol guise only and ain't much of a sucess as compared to the first-generation model of the car which used to come in both petrol and diesel variants. The cosmetic changes in the CLS Class are subtle. It flaunts a front grille borrowed from the A-Class facelift. It would be pitted against the likes of Audi A7 and BMW 6-series Gran Coupe in the Indian market.
Coming to the E-Class Convertible or Cabriolet, the new Mercedes-Benz E400 would in-house a 3.0L, 6-cylinder V6 turbocharged petrol mill. It would produce a maximum power of 328bhp and peak torque of 480 Nm. This engine would be linked to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which would - as per company claim - propel the vehicle to touch the 0-100kmph mark in a sub 6-second time. On the contrary, the ongoing model E350 is sold in the country with a naturally-aspirated petrol engine and is based on the previous-generation E-Class. Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible would boast a fully-electric soft-top which can be opened and closed at speeds upto 40kmph. Furthermore, the E400 Cabriolet would come loaded with the company's latest COMAND interface.