In the luxury car segment,
What is it?
The German automaker’s luxury-sport four-door coupe.
Why it matters
Under Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche — a.k.a. Dr. Z — Mercedes-Benz has been revived, outpacing
A four-door coupe, with its sloping rear roofline, is meant to offer a sportier look and higher performance than a comparable but more stodgy sedan. Designers have sculpted the new CLS to look more sleek and slippery, with a forward-canted grille and reshaped headlights giving it an aggressive shark-like stance.
What’s inside is more to the automaker’s future. Mercedes is introducing a line of new in-line six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines that are both more powerful and more fuel-efficient, partly through the use of so-called mild-hybrid technology.
For the U.S., in-line six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines with 281 and 335 horsepower. The mild hybrid supplements the regular 12-volt battery system with a 48-volt lithium ion battery attached to an electric motor. That provides more torque, more horsepower (362) and a start-stop function that turns the combustion engine off when coasting or when stopped, to be started again instantly with the electric motor’s help. It smooths out the RPMs for quieter idling as well.
Audi S7, BMW 4-series Gran Coupe, the new Volkswagen Arteon and, for a little more coin, the Porsche Panamera.