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Mercedes-Benz India has launched the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS at Rs 84.7 lakh, ex-showroom. The CLS was the first cars to be offered in a four-door coupe format, and the new one continues with the tradition. Having said that, it’s not peerless now, since Mercedes-Benz also offers the CLA, the A-Class saloon, and the performance-focussed AMG GT 4-Door Coupe globally.

The model launched in India is the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 300 d, and comes with a BS-VI-ready 2-litre inline-four engine that makes 241 bhp and 51 kgm. But don’t let the fact that it’s powered by a diesel engine make you think that it’s a slouch — because the headline figures of 0-100 kph in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 kph suggest otherwise.

The striking design outside is complemented by a new interior. The latter boasts a 12.3-inch digital display, ambient lighting with 64 colours, and new-age-connectivity-laden audio system. Exterior colour choices are wide, and include paints like Graphite Grey, Ruby Black, and Designo Selenite Grey Magno. The features list on the new CLS also includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Multibeam LED headlamps, an electric sunroof, etc.

Vice President, Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz India, Michael Jopp said, “With the growing penchant for dream cars, we are glad to launch the most elegant and dynamic third generation CLS. Known for many firsts, the new CLS we have launched today also pioneers the new design idiom of Mercedes-Benz, which is recognisable by its clear contours and reduced lines. Like its predecessors, the third CLS generation emanates self-assured sportiness in an exemplary style. The stylish new CLS 300 d blends flawlessly into the current Mercedes-Benz coupé family with abundant design features. We are confident that the third generation CLS will offer superior luxury and comfort to our customers and will continue to delight them. Mercedes-Benz India will keep striving to push the boundaries in the luxury car segment by driving innovation not only in our versatile line-up, but also in our customer service offerings and the overall vehicle ownership. With the launch of the new CLS 300 d, Mercedes-Benz continues its offensive with its 12th product launched in 2018. We have an exciting line-up for 2019 as well and our product innovations will continue in the coming months. We are glad that our customer centric strategy for India is on the right track and is witnessing a positive sentiment.”