MONTVALE, N.J. – After making its fashion runway debut only three years ago as the world’s first four-door coupe, the highly successful Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is getting a facelift for the 2009 model-year. An instant style icon from day one, the CLS coupe has spurred an automotive industry trend toward more eye-catching four-door cars – vehicles that blur the line between coupe and sedan, according to the Auto Spectator.

The new nose of the CLS is complemented by a two-bar grill (replacing the original four-bar grill), with upper and lower mesh now finished in Atlas Grey. Larger outside mirrors now feature built-in arrow-shaped turn signals, and new dual-five-spoke 18-inch wheels. A new rear bumper with trapezoidal dual exhaust pipes and arrow-shaped LED taillights complete the fresh look of the new model.

Opening the driver’s door reveals a sportier three-spoke steering wheel and new gauges in white with silver backgrounds. And, a new COMAND display in the center console now incorporates Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone operation, a six-CD “stacker” unit and voice control of audio and phone, according to the Auto Spectator.

Two Sleek Models for 2009
For the 2009 model year, the CLS line will include the CLS550, powered by a DOHC four-valve-per-cylinder V-8 engine that produces 382-hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, and the high-performance CLS63 AMG, fitted with a AMG-designed 6.2L V-8 that produces 507 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque.

A coupe-like car that boasts the comfort and convenience of four doors, the CLS line features sleek, sensuous exterior lines. Its large rear doors and spacious rear seats also represent tangible added value.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials