The most powerful CLS can get here in 2018
It’s been 13 years since Mercedes-Benz found a new niche with the CLS model, and a four-door coupe entered the third generation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now with a more aggressive exterior design with styling cues borrowed from the AMG GT sports car, the CLS borrows most of its foundations and interior features of the E-Class. In short, this is a nicer E-Class with a coupe roof and sporty style, which makes it one of the most exciting Mercs available for 2018. With a four-door coupe on the way to next year’s dealership, we want to see a new AMG version on the road common in 2019.
Although it has not been confirmed by people from Stuttgart, the reinforced CLS variant is the most certain in the works. Just like the exit model, it should share the base with the E63 AMG sedan and it is safe to assume that it will be offered in two trims. There will be a “basic” CLS63 model and a slightly more powerful version of the CSL63 S. The newly prepared CLS AMG will fight the existing Audi RS7 and next generation models likely to be unveiled by Germany in 2018. It remains to be seen whether there is still a BMW M6 Gran Coupe to compete, but the CSL63 AMG will definitely add a little color to the midsize segment. Let’s look further at the speculative reviews below, which also includes the upcoming four-door coupe rendering.
Note: 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 pictured here
2018 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Exterior
The AMG model will have a more aggressive bumper with large outlets to the sides and larger splitters below
A natural evolution of the previous model, the third-generation CLS is slightly more aggressive than its predecessor even without AMG treatment. It has a unique grille that gets wider toward the base (a feature borrowed from the AMG GT sports car), a forward tilted nose we did not see on other big Mercs, and a pair of headlights that looked threatening. The hood is also new, now completely surrounded by body surface.
So how does AMG make this sporty CLS up front? Well, it might get a regular upgrade, most likely similar to the one seen on the E63 AMG model. X-Tomi rendering provides some valuable clues here, as it includes a more aggressive bumper with large outlets to the sides and a larger divider below. The four-door coupe should also get a revised main grille with a thick horizontal slot with an “AMG” badge.
The performance division should only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and possibly add a spoiler
To the side, AMG will do little to change the look of the CLS section. This new car retains its high waist and curved waistlines or the original CLS, but has a cleaner and more elegant look now. Low greenhouses with frameless shutters and well-muscled back stalks seamlessly blend into the flat rear ends complement the unique sedan profile. The AMG upgrade in this area will be limited to standard trim black glass, V-8 badges on the front fenders, and exclusive wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Smooth but effective.
Moving behind, the AMG has to deal with a significantly redesigned back end, now equipped with two-tiered rear lights with sharp edges and bumper-mounted numbered plates. The curved declid and fleshy bumpers with vertical ventilation on each side still exist, so there are many unusual items to use. But do not expect to see a big change from AMG here. The performance division may only replace the diffuser with a more aggressive element and may add an optimal aerodynamic spoiler.
Needless to say, it will be difficult for AMG to ruin the cluttered CLS look, so I expect the CLS63 to be the sexiest AMG on the market once it touches the dealer. And it will look good in bright green in rendering.
2018 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Interior
- Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel
- New Nappa Leather Upholstery
- Aluminum And Carbon-Fiber Trim
- Sports Seats
- AMG Track Pace App
Special upgrades of AMG should start with a flat black leather-wrapped steering wheel
The new CLS interior is heavily dependent on the E-Class, so it’s safe to say that the AMG model is not much of a mystery. You just have to look into AMG E63 and imagine all the changes Mercedeshas made to the CLS. If you have not compared the two, CLS is equipped with new A / C ventilation in jet turbine design, new wood trim, exclusive seats, and Energizing Comfort features.
The AMG special upgrade should start with a flat black leather steering wheel and comes with Touch Control, gilded shear pads, and bezel with a brand logo. The regular seats will be replaced by a sporty unit with better lateral support. It should be wrapped in ordinary Nappa blacks and Dinamica microfiber as standard, but the list of choices should include lighter shades like Brown Nut or Macchiato (with matching center door panes). Mercedes must also offer AMG Performance seats with integrated headrests.
More expensive and powerful CLS63 S models should get additional standard features
The more expensive and powerful CLS63 S S models should get additional standard features, including Nappa leather over the dash, a 12 o’clock on the steering wheel, a contrast topstitch, and an AMG athlete on the headrests. The seat should use a seat belt and a gray safety belt, while the middle pile will have a new analog clock. Standard aluminum trim and carbon fiber and matte fiber glass inserts should optionally complement the cabin design.
Tech-wise, AMG CLS63 should benefit from the company’s latest AMG Track Pace app. Introduced to complement Racetimer applications in reinforced E-Class classes, enabling drivers to analyze and improve their driving styles and share their performance with other AMG drivers through social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube. Developed for Apple iPhone only for now, this app connects to the on-board racing app via WiFi or Bluetooth and gets all the vehicle data in real time from Comand Online infotainment system. This app can also be connected to the GoPro camera so the driver can make interactive weekend videos on the race track.
2018 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Powertain
- New 4.0-Liter V-8 Engine
- 563-Horsepower “Base” Model
- 603-Horsepower CLS63 S Version
- 0 To 60 Mph In As Quick As 3.3 Seconds
- AMG Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission
- 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive
Engine and transmission will likely come from AMG E63
Since the previous AMG version of the CLS drivetrains alongside other Mercedes-AMG models, it is safe to assume that the new variant will do the same. The engine and transmission will likely come from the E63 AMG, just as it did before 2017. However, like the E-Class model that discards the V-8 5.5 liter support for the newer 4.0-liter V-8, the CLS63 AMG will adopt a brand powerplant more modern. The output figure should be the same as the sedan, so it is expected that CLS comes in two flavors: the CLS63 “bottom” and the top CLS63 S version.
The entry level version will probably arrive with 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque equal to AMG E63. This will result in a 13-horsepower and 32-pound-foot increase from the previous 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Sprint from 0 to 60 mph should be achieved in about 3.4 seconds with this specification, while the top speed will be limited to the usual 155 mph.
The CLS63 S should issue 603 horsepower and 627 pound-foot twist
Switching to CLS63 S, customers need to gain access to 603 more exciting horsepower and 627 pound-foot twist with this model. It was 18 horses and 37 pounds-feet more than the previous car. Pressing 60 mph in this version should take 3.3 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the CLS63. The top speed should also increase by 31 mph to 186 mph. Compared to outgoing models, the new CLS63 AMG will be about two tenths faster to 60 mph.
Both versions will get the latest sport speedshift transmission from AMG that is specifically tuned for CLS. This unit must have hardware and software re-engineering, which will restore faster shifts and smoother operations. In addition, E63’s Drift Mode can get E63’s Drift Mode, which can be involved by choosing the Race drive setting, disabling ESP, and then putting the transmission in Manual mode. This setting will convert the CLS63 into a rear-wheel drive car.
Both models will be available exclusively with AMG Performance 4MATIC + all-wheel drive
As you might have guessed, both models will be available exclusively with AMG Performance 4MATIC + all wheel drive system. The system will include full variable torque distribution in the front and rear axles for optimal appeal and will carry a smooth transition from the rear wheel to the all wheel drive and back again because the control unit is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.
The four-door coupe should also benefit from the cylinder deactivation feature introduced with the E63 AMG sedan. In the partial load range, two, three, five, and eight cylinders are disabled, lowering fuel consumption. The system also works in the “Comfort” transmission drive program, when the cylinder deactivation system is available from 1,000 to 3,250 rpm. The transition from four to eight cylinder operations must be “immediate and invisible,” so passengers do not experience any loss of comfort.
2018 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Price
With prices for regular CLS not yet available, it is difficult to estimate how big the upcoming AMG version will be. However, we know that CLS is usually a bit more expensive than the E-Class. We also know that the U.S. market usually only have the S-rangeping top version, so the reinforced CLS is likely to cross the pool only on the CLS63 S only. The exit model is sold from $ 108,900, so the new generation version should spend at least $ 110,000 before the option.