2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe to start at $71,300

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupes will offer better fuel efficiency. They are available later this year, but they don't come cheap.

The all-new CLS-Class coupe will be in showrooms later this year. Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz this week released pricing information and specs on the all-new CLS-Class coupe.

This is a major redesign for Mercedes. The four-door coupe is 1.2 inches longer and wider than its predecessor, and with new biturbo direct-injection V8 engines, the three trims offer some surprising features.

The CLS550 features a new 4.6-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V8; delivering 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with new electrically assisted power steering, Airmatic air suspension, and a revised seven-speed automatic transmission. The CLS550 will offer an estimated 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

The 2012 CLS63 AMG comes with a 5.5-liter version of the new direct-injection V8 engine is rated at 518 hp and 516 lb.-ft of torque. The optional AMG Performance Package increases output to 550 hp and 590 lb.-ft of torque. But even with all that power, the CLS63 AMG delivers 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

The CLS63 AMG offers ECO stop/start system. The engine stops while in park or neutral, and as soon as the driver releases the brake, the engine computer decides which piston is in the best position for first ignition, and the direct fuel injection and multispark systems work with a starter motor to restart the engine on the fly.

There are three 2012 CLS's, all featuring all-wheel-drive, including the CLS550 4Matic.

Safety features on all CLS coupes include Pre-Safe, ABS antilock brakes with Brake Assist, Attention Assist, traction control and the ESP electronic stability control. Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are also available.

Prices start at $71,300 for the CLS550, $73,800 for the CLS550 4Matic and $94,900 for the high-performance CLS63 AMG (plus $875 delivery charges).

 

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