2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Gets Nine-Speed Auto

Mercedes just revealed its refreshed CLS ahead of the official debut during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

There is very little to distinguish the refreshed model from the previous car stylistically. It gets a revised front bumper with bigger air ducts, a revised grille and new headlights. Cabin changes are also minimal but include  new free-standing screen, simplified center console controls and a revised steering wheel design.

Mercedes is also offering new AMG Line Plus and Night appearance packages, but the biggest changes for 2015 are mechanical with a new nine-speed automatic transmission mated to the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 found in the new C- and E-Class sedans making 328 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. When it arrives in U.S. showrooms, the twin-turbo V6 will replace the current 4.6-liter turbocharged V8.

The transmission is controlled by a stalk coming out of the steering column, which plays a role in the center console simplifications mentioned above. It will be paired with all of the new CLS models except the range-topping AMG models.

Expect the same 5.5-liter BiTurbo with 557 hp along with a performance version tuned to make 585 hp, both with 590 lb-ft of torque.

Mercedes expects to begin delivering the refreshed 2015 model in either late October or early November in the U.S.

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