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The third-generation Mercedes CLS is here after a seven year wait

There’s now room for five in the slinky four-door coupe.

Image: Daimler AG

IRISH CAR BUYERS, turn your attention to the third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS.

First introduced in 2003, with a second-gen launch in 2011, the new CLS is billed as combining “the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon”.

Diesel prices start at €64,805 for the CLS 300d automatic model.

Inside, the biggest change is the addition of a middle rear seat making this CLS a five-seater. The boot can hold a reasonable 520 litres but this can be expanded by tumbling the rear seats.

Outside, the low-slung four-door coupe features a striking front-end with its island bonnet and wide-based front grille.

18C0156_006 Source: Daimler AG

From launch the CLS will be available with a wide choice of diesel powertrains. These comprise of a CLS 300 d – expected to be the popular choice in Ireland – along with a CLS 350 d 4Matic and CLS 400 d 4Matic.

Describing it as “a car created for the discerning motorist”, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, says that the new CLS comes on the market at prices that are pitched at a competitive level – and comfortably close to the previous model, too.

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