Three years after the Mercedes-Benz CL was introduced, it is given a mid-cycle facelift boasting of numerous aesthetic improvements. The CL was fitted with a huge two-door with lightly altered bumpers and it also got new LED daytime running lamps, reshaped headlamps, a more contoured hood, larger exterior mirrors with integrated indicators and revised tail-lamp lenses.
However, the major revisions are found under the hood. The model is offered with a new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 direct-injection gasoline engine. This is the first of Mercedes-Benz's advanced MoVe powerplants that were designed to improve the efficiency of the range. The new engine has an output of 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
It delivers 47 hp and 125 lb-ft more than the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 it replaces in the four-year-old CL500. The revisions enable the luxury coupe to sprint from zero to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, which makes it faster than the older model by 0.5 second.
The maximum speed is maintained at 155 mph. When combined with a revised version of Mercedes-Benz's seven-speed automatic gearbox with an integrated stop/start function and brake-energy recuperation, the new CL500's engine leads to fuel savings of up to 5.6 mpg, with an official 24.8 mpg on the combined European consumption cycle.
Mercedes-Benz will offer the rear-wheel-drive version of the CL500 together with the four-wheel-drive CL500 in select markets, including North America. The revised lineup also gets a more powerful CL600, which has kept its twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V12, which delivers 510 hp and 612 lb-ft.
It also features a five-speed automatic gearbox. For its interior, Mercedes-Benz's designers wanted to make the CL more luxurious by including higher-quality trim materials, new color combinations, a redesigned multifunction steering wheel and ambient lighting in three shades (solar, neutral and polar).
Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz uses the CL to present new technology. In this latest model, its optional extras include an active lane keeping assist, which detects if the car has left the driver's chosen lane through a camera in the windshield.
This feature intervenes and pulls the car back on course by applying the brakes on the opposite side of the car. The CL also gets an active blind spot assist, which is able to determine if a lane change is too risky. To avoid a collision, this feature provides corrective braking. Buyers may opt to get a new headlight, night view, and speed limit assist functions.