The CLS 450 is back after taking 2018 off. This new third generation incarnation of the full-size Mercedes-Benz sedan looks even classier than its predecessor with smooth, clean lines and aerodynamic styling that’s very pleasing to look at. It has been given a new engine that is a blast from the past, infusing the CLS 450 with a touch of vintage charm. This is a delightful cruiser that glides down the road, giving a smooth, quiet, very comfortable ride for driver and passengers. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450.
Is the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 still a four-passenger sedan?
No. Mercedes-Benz has added a fifth seat to make the CLS 450 a full-size five-passenger sedan. Unfortunately, there isn’t as much headroom as many adults would prefer in the back seat due to the sharply-sloping roofline. It’s also a little tight on legroom in the rear seat. Very tall drivers may find the headroom lacking in the front as well. It seems to be designed for drivers under six feet tall and back-seat passengers under five feet, six inches tall. The heated and ventilated front driver and passenger seats and heated back seats will help keep everybody more comfortable, regardless of height.
Does the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 come with a good standard infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard infotainment system features in the new CLS 450. Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and a USB port are also standard. The CLS 450 comes with mood lighting, too, which gives you 64 colors from which to choose. It can light up the cabin with odd colors, though. You’ll have to spend some time exploring until you get the lighting just right to get the best effect. There’s also a spa feature that fills the car with the scent of Mercedes. You may enjoy it, or it may give you a headache.
What type of engine will Mercedes-Benz put in the CLS 450?
Mercedes-Benz has resurrected the old straight-six design for the 2019 CLS 450’s engine. This new version of a great classic is a 3.0-L inline turbocharged engine that makes 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with EQ Boost, which is a 48-volt electrical system that gives the gas-powered engine a boost up to 383 hp and makes an additional 181 lb-ft of torque when needed. The transmission is a nine-speed automatic.
Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 going to be front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive?
The CLS 450 will be available in rear-wheel drive and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It will also have five driving modes so you can adjust the suspension according to the road conditions and your preferences. The choices will be Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Eco mode allows you to use the EQ Boost system to propel the luxury sedan on electricity alone. The CLS 450 will go up to 100 mph in Eco mode.
How fuel efficient will the new CLS 450 be?
Fuel consumption figures haven’t been released yet. Hopefully, the EQ Boost technology will boost this big sedan’s mpg ratings.
Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 come with the most recent safety technology?
Yes, the new CLS 450 will be well-equipped with active assist safety features. Active brake assist, crosswind stabilization, stability control, and a rear-view camera are all standard. It even comes with technology that literally pulls passengers toward the center of the vehicle in the event of a side impact. It also comes equipped with a sensitive driver attention assist system.
Will the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 be very expensive?
MSRP for the new CLS 450 hasn’t been announced, but it isn’t expected to be wildly expensive for a high-end luxury sedan. Prices are estimated to be in the $75,000 to $100,000 range.
Will there likely be a better large sedan available than the new CLS 450?
It certainly is possible, but that’s difficult to know since the new CLS 450 isn’t out yet. There wasn’t even a 2018 model to compare to others in its class. Similar luxury sedans that should be on your short test-drive list include the Cadillac CT6, Genesis G90, Audi A7, and Tesla Model S.