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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is not only full of luxury and performance, it stands out in its class because of the sleek and contemporary look. The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a beautifully designed car. This coupe like sedans is based on previous-generation E-Class. It shares number of major components and the structure with the E-Class. If you are looking for a car with distinctive styling, strong performance and a luxurious interior, give the CLS a test drive.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in two trim level; CLS550 and CLS63 AMG. The Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is powered by a powerful 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The Mercedes CLS63 AMG gets a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 507 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed gearbox with Sportronic manual-shift capability. The CLS-Class is a Four-Wheel-Drive vehicle but in normal condition only the rear wheels get power unless they are losing grip. Another version with 4.6L V8 engine is going to be added with the name “CLS550 4MATIC” in 2012 CLS-Class line up.

Inside the cabin, the interior is well finished with wood panels, chrome trim surrounds and premium materials with lots of details. Because of the coupe-like roof line on the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class the rear seats lacks head room, tall passengers might find their head touching the roof. Otherwise the cabin is full of comfort and luxury. The CLS-Class cars offer plenty of entertainment value to go along with their beautiful exteriors.

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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class features every convenience you’d expect from a premium luxury sedan including 10-way adjustable seats, glass sunroof, adjustable air suspension, four-zone climate control, LCD control center and Tele-Aid. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability protection, an advanced electro-hydraulic braking system, front airbags, front-side airbags, rear-side and side-curtain airbags. The CLS63 AMG adds an AMG-engineered suspension and a number of exterior upgrades unique to the AMG brand.

The 15.9 cubic feet trunk of 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers almost the same space as the E-Class sedan. In terms of interior comfort, the CLS makes for a great four-passenger sedan.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The redesigned, fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is better able to compete with small luxury sedans from automakers such as BMW,Infiniti and Lexus.

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2011 mercedes benz c class

And the new model will surely trump some rivals just because it has the Mercedes nameplate.


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The 2008 C-Class has Mercedes’ new corporate look, an edgy interplay of taut lines and wide, rounded surfaces. It’s larger than the lastgeneration model, being nearly 4 inches longer, about 2 inches wider, with a wheelbase lengthened nearly 2 inches.

The new car is heavier and thus a bit slower with its holdover engines, but is still fast. All versions were introduced with rear-wheel drive, but a new all-wheel-drive system soon becomes available for the C300 Sport and C300 Luxury automatic transmission trim levels.

New Equipment

New standard equipment includes a power sunroof, 8-way power front seats, 2-zone automatic climate controls, 17-inch wheels and a Bluetooth feature that allows a phone in a pocket or purse to be used through the audio system.

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A central controller works with a 7-inch display screen that can be read quickly and stows out of sight in the upper dashboardwhen not used.

Revised steering and suspension make the car more agile, although the precise steering’s general heaviness and the suspension’s firmness give the impression that this is mainly a secure high-speed cruiser, although it’s easy to maneuver in the city.

Handling is secure at all speeds, and the supple ride smoothes out roads. However the brake pedal in my early-production test car was touchy. Stopping distances were short in normal driving.

Old Engineering Dominance

That S-Class was arguably the last Mercedes designed by the automaker’s engineers without cost-cutting or interference from the marketing department, with items that even included double-glazed glass like that found in living rooms.

But that S-Class was criticized for being too large, heavy and “socially irresponsible” for the modern world. It was replaced for 2000 by a more efficient S-Class, and yet another redesigned—and more complicated—S-Class, which arrived for the 2007 model year.

Perhaps the new C-Class shows that Mercedes engineers have gotten more influence again. That would be a welcome development, as long as Mercedes doesn’t go over-the-top with complicated gizmos that have led to lower customer satisfaction ratings.

Mercedes says the new C-Class interior is roomier, but there’s still no surplus of rear legroom for a 6-footer behind a driver who has moved his seat only halfway back.

Obvious Faults

The revised cabin has supportive front seats, but some obvious faults: For instance, the analog gauges have markings too small to read at a glance. The notchy headlight control switch feels cheap, and turn signal and speed control stalks are too close and thus can be easily confused.

However, most controls are OK, although I missed Mercedes’ traditional, handy door-mounted power seat controls, which have been replaced by controls at the bottom side of the seats.

An electronic controller on the console acts like a computer mouse to provide operation of functions that once required lots of buttons and switches. Cupholders are nicely placed on the console, and rear windows roll all the way down.

2011 mercedes benz c class

2011 mercedes benz c class

Large Trunk

The large trunk is slightly roomier and has a low, wide opening. It has a padded interior lid to hold down cabin noise in this extremely quiet car.

Mercedes says the new C-Class puts more emphasis on agility, comfort, safety and sport, although it’s not as sporty as the rival BMW 3-Series.

The two C300 versions have a smooth 3.0-liter 228-horsepower engine, while the C350 Sport’s V6 generates 268 horsepower and more torque. The 3.0-liter versions do 0-60 in 7.1 seconds, while the 3.5-liter C-Class hits 60 in 6.3 seconds.

The automatic transmission has seven speeds and shifts smoothly, although it exhibits some indecisiveness under light throttle at lower speeds.

A 6-speed manual transmission is offered for the C300 Sport, but isn’t offered for the higher-horsepower C350. That may seem curious until one realizes that most C350s will be bought by those who want the most luxurious new C-Class—and that an AMG version is surely coming.

2011 mercedes benz c class

2011 mercedes benz c class

Unique Sport Version Appearance

The C-Class Sport trim levels are identified by Mercedes’ iconic three-pointed star emblem in the grille, a design cue usually reserved for the automaker’s coupes and convertibles. These trim levels also look sportier, with body add-ons inspired by AMG models. These additions include deeper front and rear aprons, along with under-door rocker panels.

Moreover, the Sport versions sit a little lower and have twin-spoke 17-inch wheels of staggered width, sport shocks, springs and stabilizer bars that deliver crisper handling.

The Luxury trim level has a traditional thee-pointed-star emblem on the hood, four-spoke steering wheel and burl walnut trim. Sport versions have three-spoke wheels and either aluminum (C300) or black Birdseye maple (C350) trim. The Luxury trim level has a richer looking interior.

It’s doubtful that Mercedes will ever bring back another mass-market car like that 1990s S-Class, but new models such as the 2008 C-Class make up for it in a much-changed world.

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