The CLS-Class is made by Mercedes since the early 2000’s. The first generation had a debut at the 2004 New York International Auto Show. Having a top-shelf luxury packing, a sporty exterior and no shortage of power under the hood, Mercedes quickly ushered in the go-faster AMG iteration at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. In 2011 the second generation arrived with an AMG 63. The third generation, latest CLS dropped at the 2017 Los Angeles Show. And keeping the tradition, Mercedes brought along a new AMG iteration, introducing the new 53-Series model alongside with two high-powered luxury rides (AMG E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet) all of which arrived in style at the 218 Detroit Auto Show.
Now when it comes to the latest AMG CLS 53 4Matic, we are speaking about a superlative Mercedes Benz styling, with the latest technology in the cabin and a high-performance attitude. Of course it will come with all the necessary power to back it. The new AMG CLS is a four- door coupe that comes with a supplementary electric system.
This adds a good deal of low-end torque on demand and makes the heavy-hitting luxury cruiser even friskier when you dig into the skinny pedal. Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management at Mercedes-AMG GmbH said: “With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridized future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency”.
Release date and Price
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG 53-Series models will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018. The official pricing was not announced, but we can assume it will be around $80,000 considering that the current V-8 powered 550 4Matic starts at $77,650 and the fire-breathing CLS 63 S starts at $108,900.
The design of Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic
The new 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic looks like a powerful low-swept grand touring machine. We can see a lot of updated features for this new model. It has long wheelbase and hood line, while the stance is wide and close to the ground. The roof is rounded falling back into an equally rounded rear end with a graceful unbroken arc. The tail section is square in its proportions and rounded at the edges, enhancing the car’s visual lengths with and extended overhang. The headlight housing pull back into the fenders with a triangular shape.
In the front there’s a twin-blade radiator grille, a design once relegated exclusively for the V-8 models (which we can find under the hood). The middle character bar stretches from side to side and finishes in a shiny metal. The front apron is an A-win which incorporates black flics, and the front splitter juts out from the lower bumper section and finishes with chrome detailing. The side-view mirrors that are positioned further back on the body in a manner that’s reminiscent of the AMG GT sports car. Also the AMG CLS 53 4Matic comes with standard 19-inch wheels made with allow construction but you do have the option to choose the optional 20-inch wheels as well.
Just like the way we expected, the interior of the AMG CLS 53 4Matic combines elegance with sportiness. It indeed leans heavily towards the sporting side thanks to its copious AMG-specific equipment and trim bits. The predominant style on the inside of the car are the horizontal cues, with a board and a sweeping dash that wraps its way fully around the cabin.
In the corners there are air vents placed and a quartet of vents are mounted in the middle, all coming with a rounded shape. In the back there are new shape, new colors and new materials, all to provide the utmost comfort, ergonomic, sportiness and safety.
The new CLS 53 comes standard with an AMG steering wheel wrapped in nappa leather, offering a flat bottom, four spokes, red contrast stitching, and a red top center mark. There are two other options to choose from, wood inserts in piano lacquer or Dinamica microfiber if preferred. The color combos include macchiato beige with magma grey, black with bengal red, and espresso brown with magma grey.
2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic Specs
The first thing we will see under the hood is a big plastic engine cover, keeping the tradition for these days. Under this the new Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic is hiding an electrified 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. This gets pumped up by a twin-turbo set-up which includes one turbo spun by exhaust gases and a second turbo spun by an electric auxiliary compressor.
The new EQ Boost starter-alternator can, for now, provide another 16kW (21.5 horsepower) and a 184.4 pound-feet of torque. This output is rated at 435 horsepower and 520 Nm (384 pound-feet) of torque. All this makes it quick, with the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) test done in only 4.5 seconds.
|2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic
|Engine And Transmission
|435 hp/384 lb-ft
|Competitors:Audi S7,Porsche Panamera