The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé will arrive in Ireland towards the middle of 2018.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the CLS combines “the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon”.

For the first time, the Mercedes-Benz CLS can now accommodate five occupants. Backrests can be folded to expand the 520-litre luggage compartment.

Sharing features in common with the S-Class, the new CLS comes with all of the latest generation touch-screen infotainment, safety and driver assistance systems. 64 colour ambient lighting, illuminated air vents, hand-finished appearance upholstery, and air conditioning with colour-guided, red/blue, warmer/cooler temperature control also feature.

From an Irish perspective, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, says that prices for the new CLS Coupé will be announced closer to its market introduction in May/June. “Our intention will be to hold CLS prices at a competitive level consistent with market conditions and the expressed determination of Mercedes-Benz to offer value at all points across its model range,” says Allen.

A completely new engine line-up powers the new CLS. Three diesel units are available at launch: a CLS 300d, expected to be the popular choice in Ireland, along with a CLS350d 4MATIC and CLS400d 4MATIC. Following, in early 2019, will be a CLS 220d version.

The 300d unit will deliver 245hp and 500Nm torque. The 350d unit delivers 286hp and 600Nm torque, while the more powerful 400d version has 340hp and 700Nm torque.

The most powerful model is a CLS 450 4MATIC 6-cylinder petrol. It delivers 367hp and 500Nm torque.

A dynamically set up steel comfort suspension is standard. Optionally available is a sporty setup with continuously adjustable damping at the front and rear axles with selectable comfort, sport and sport plus modes. Air suspension is also offered.