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 |  Apr 26 2011, 1:16 PM

New retail prices have been revealed for the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible/hardtop and CLS models.

The former, which has received a new 3.5-liter direct injected V6 with multi-spark ignition technology, rated at 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, will sticker at $54,800, while the CLS, which has been extensively revamped for ’12 will start at $71,300 in 550 form, with the CLS63 AMG version will retail for $94,900.

Despite the nomenclature, both U.S. bound CLS models will receive new engines, the former a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, will the AMG model gets the 5.5-liter twin turbo bent-eight, delivering a staggering 518 hp and 516 lb-ft, likely enough to move California Redwoods.

According to an official release from Mercedes-Benz USA, the 2012 CLS is slated to go on sale this summer. The company is also keen to point out that the prices listed for these two models, exclude delivery charges, taxes and other fees.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes SLK

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GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes CLS

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 |  Feb 07 2011, 2:47 PM

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One solid given in life is that with every Mercedes-Benz model, there will be a Brabus variant featuring sportier styling and outfitted with a nice set of wheels. And with all the hype surrounding Mercedes’ new CLS model, it’s no surprise that Brabus isn’t be far behind with photos of their own version of the sporty luxury sedan.

No technical specs have been announced, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they are able to push the limits of the AMG’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine. From the factory, the CLS AMG will makes 525-hp and our guess is that Brabus will easily touch the 700-hp mark, matching its predecessor.

Given that Brabus’ Rocket (their previous generation CLS rendition) was at one time the world’s fastest sedan, we wouldn’t be one bit surprised if Brabus would try to one-up the Rocket with an even faster and better looking one.

GALLERY: 2011 Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS

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 |  Nov 17 2010, 6:54 PM

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Introducing the new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, the folks from M-B mentioned that there will be a free one day driving school for anyone who buys one of these beasts. With 550 horsepower and 590 lb ft of torque, we suggest adding a day or two to that free offer.

The particular bi-turbo V8 car they brought to the stage in L.A. was a matte finish and it looked amazingly menacing. In fact, those legendarily humorous Germans kept referring to it as their “Action Hero” for Los Angeles. The new CLS63 promises more power and a huge 32 percent improvement in fuel economy too, with an EPA estimated 24 mpg in mixed driving.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63

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 |  Sep 30 2010, 7:36 AM

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Mercedes-Benz has just officially unveiled the second-generation CLS, that, like its predecessor, will shape a generation of Mercedes products. With a longer hood and overhangs that end more abruptly, the second-gen CLS has an even more coupe-like profile. Unveiled in a matte-beige, the CLS also sports a more unique interior with a more sporting feel but also added luxury. Of note one of of the display cars was matte-finished wood trim.

Unveiled with a range of fuel efficient diesel engines, the CLS will initially be offered in North American with as the CLS550 with a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 402-hp and 443 ft-lbs of torque from just 1600 rpm. It’s expected that Mercedes will later deliver a CLS63 model with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 and around 530-hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque.

No official fuel economy numbers are yet available, but Mercedes claims that due to its switch to smaller, turbocharged engines, mileage should be improved by as much as 20 percent.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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 |  Sep 15 2010, 10:22 AM

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Several weeks ago Mercedes officially revealed the second-generation 2012 CLS – but at the time we only had hyper-processed CGI images. Now the German automaker has released a selection of photos of the actual car out and about in the real world and we have to say it looks even better.

No official details have been released regarding engines but we expect the 2012 CLS to use the latest powertrains from Mercedes, including an entry-level direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 with 306-hp. The CLS550 model will then work with the new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 with 429-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque.

Topping off the range will be a CLS63 with a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 instead of the current 6.2-liter. Power will be an impressive 536-hp and an incredible 590 ft-lbs of torque. And as exciting as that is, we expect that like the 2011 Mercedes CL, Mercedes will offer an AMG Performance Package bumping power to 563-hp and 664 ft-lbs of torque.

And along with big power increases, expect fuel economy to improve by as much as 20 percent.

We’ll bring you more details and photos in the lead up to the 2010 Paris Auto Show, plus full coverage from the show floor.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes CLS

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 |  Aug 26 2010, 9:21 AM

Set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in a month’s time, Mercedes-Benz has just released a short video clip of the 2012 CLS, after officially revealing the new design just last week. The CLS not only changed the automotive landscape with it’s coupe-styled sedan form and just four seats, it changed Mercedes. The popularity of the CLS led the German luxury automaker to design all its future models taking cues from the CLS.

Debuting back in 2004, the original CLS still looks ahead of its time and so we’re not surprised to see that the second-generation car is slightly more evolutionary. Still, it seems to be setting yet another new design direction for the three pointed star, with a bold new grille adapted from the SLS supercar. It also appears to have an even more coupe-like profile with an elongated hood and shorter trunk section. Also of note is the full use of LEDs on the front of the car with 71 bulbs used for the headlights, running lights, turn signals and side market.

The interior is more familiar to the rest of the Mercedes, although we love the 3-spoke steering wheel.

No official details have been released regarding engines but we expect the 2012 CLS to use the latest powertrains from Mercedes, including an entry-level direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 with 306-hp. The CLS550 model will then work with the new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 with 429-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque.

Topping off the range will be a CLS63 with a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 instead of the current 6.2-liter. Power will be an impressive 536-hp and an incredible 590 ft-lbs of torque. And as exciting as that is, we expect that like the 2011 Mercedes CL, Mercededs will offer an AMG Performance Package bumping power to 563-hp and 664 ft-lbs of torque.

And along with big power increases, expect fuel economy to improve by as much as 20 percent.

We’ll bring you more details and photos in the lead up to the 2010 Paris Auto Show, plus full coverage from the show floor.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes CLS

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 |  Aug 23 2010, 7:12 AM

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Set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in a month’s time, Mercedes-Benz has just released the first official photos of the 2012 CLS. The CLS not only changed the automotive landscape with it’s coupe-styled sedan form and just four seats, it changed Mercedes. The popularity of the CLS led the German luxury automaker to design all its future models taking cues from the CLS.

Debuting back in 2004, the original CLS still looks ahead of its time and so we’re not surprised to see that the second-generation car is slightly more evolutionary. Still, it seems to be setting yet another new design direction for the three pointed star, with a bold new grille adapted from the SLS supercar. It also appears to have an even more coupe-like profile with an elongated hood and shorter trunk section. Also of note is the full use of LEDs on the front of the car with 71 bulbs used for the headlights, running lights, turn signals and side market.

The interior is more familiar to the rest of the Mercedes, although we love the 3-spoke steering wheel.

No official details have been released regarding engines but we expect the 2012 CLS to use the latest powertrains from Mercedes, including an entry-level direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 with 306-hp. The CLS550 model will then work with the new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 with 429-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque.

Topping off the range will be a CLS63 with a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 instead of the current 6.2-liter. Power will be an impressive 536-hp and an incredible 590 ft-lbs of torque. And as exciting as that is, we expect that like the 2011 Mercedes CL, Mercededs will offer an AMG Performance Package bumping power to 563-hp and 664 ft-lbs of torque.

And along with big power increases, expect fuel economy to improve by as much as 20 percent.

We’ll bring you more details and photos in the lead up to the 2010 Paris Auto Show, plus full coverage from the show floor.

GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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 |  Mar 02 2010, 5:11 AM

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F800 Style concept, representing what the German car maker calls the future of premium cars.

The F800 concept has two variants, a plug-in hybrid with a 272 hp V6 direct injection engine paired with a 109 hp lithium-ion battery powered motor, and a fuel cell-powered 136 hp electric model that produces water vapor as its only emission.

The front end features a variation of the radiator grille with the familiar Mercedes-Benz star centrally positioned. curved air intake openings, curved louvres, wide grille  and LED headlamps foreshadow what we may see in future Mercedes-Benz models.

The front doors open in a conventional manner but the rear doors slide backward, suspended from an interior swivel arm to allow easier access in tight parking spaces (which would be particularly useful in the cramped parking lot here at the Geneva Palexpo.)

Other features include some new technology such as Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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 |  Feb 22 2010, 11:43 AM

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Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in just over a week’s time, Mercedes has unwrapped the F800 Style concept, which was foreshadowed in the Design Concept sculpture at the Detroit show. While Mercedes has released pages upon pages of dry reading about the possible future powerplants that an F800 production model could get, we’re more interested in its design. After all, what you’re looking at is likely to be a very close representation of what the second generation CLS will look like.

For those who even feign interest in concept car engines and the far-off possibility that we’ll all be driving around in emissions-free vehicles any time soon, the F800 can be equipped with two different engines and yes, one is a fuel-cell version. The second is a more realistic alternative; essentially the same setup found in the S400 hybrid, but with a plug-in feature. It uses a V6 gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 18 miles of emissions-free driving. It also makes 400-hp, which is quite an increase from the s400′s 295-hp rating.

Other highlights include some new technology, like Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. (Very cool)! There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.

We’ll bring you more on the F800 concept with live Geneva Auto Show coverage starting March 1st.

Click here for AutoGuide’s live 2010 Geneva Auto Show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept

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