2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS shows its face, reveals the Multibeam LED headlamps

Article by Christian A., on June 16, 2014

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS looks ready to make its official debut as the German carmaker revealed today the first teaser photos. Mercedes-Benz used the new teasers in order to underline the new technology found in the Multibeam LED headlamps. According to the official press release, each headlight features 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs.

Mercedes’ new technology looks similar to Audi’s Matrix LED headlights that made their debut on the facelifted A8 back in September. The bad news is that Mercedes-Benz will have the same problem as Audi and we don’t expect to see the Multibeam LED headlights in the United States due to the rules that need separate high-beam and low-beam modes.

So, how do the MultiBeam LED headlights work? According to Mercedes-Benz the headlights automatically illuminate the road with precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light.

A camera located behind the windscreen delivers the information with which four control units that calculate the ideal light pattern 100 times per second and activate all 24 high-performance LEDs in lamp module individually.

Compared with the systems on the market today, the MULTIBEAM LED headlamps have up to 2.5 times the partial high-beam light output. What’s more interesting is that there is no dark zone on roundabouts because the light function is navigation-based.

This means that it activates the cornering light function to the left or right just before entering the roundabout in order to ensure the maximum visibility.

The new Mercedes CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake have received extensive modifications. For instance, both the CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake are provided with a refined front end as well as an upgraded interior with a number of handcrafted details that elegantly combine modern luxury with zealous sportiness.

Furthermore, the new CLS Coupe and CLS Shooting Brake are laden with groundbreaking technologies like multi-beam headlamps employing light emitting diode units. Their high-performance and highly precise LED modules could automatically deliver the best possible illumination in any road or traffic condition.

Further technologies found on these revised vehicles include a multimedia system with Internet, new powerful engines, the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox as well as new driver assistance and safety systems. Meanwhile, the AMG versions of these models – the CLS 63 AMG Coupe and CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – are engineered to offer up to 430 kW (585 hp) of max output. All models also come with diverse new Mercedes connect me online services.

The four-door coupe segment was established by Mercedes 10 years ago when it launched with the CLS, thereby underscoring the carmaker’s lead role in the field of automotive design. The CLS was the first vehicle to combine the comfort and functionality of a saloon with the dynamism and elegance of a coupe. It was also the first vehicle to offer optional LED High Performance headlamps.

Building on this success, the Mercedes followed up with the CLS Shooting Brake sporty five-door model in 2012. The CLS Shooting Brake was considered a breakthrough five-seat sports car with a large tailgate, making it appealing to customers who don’t want to sacrifice sportiness for extra cargo space that could provide stylish touring – a mark of creative luxury by Mercedes. In the process, both the CLS Coupé and the CLS Shooting Brake were able to distinguish themselves as charismatic styling icons regarded as distinct in their segment.

"The first LED headlamps with all the adaptive functions of the Intelligent Light System have been available to our customers since 2010 in the CLS", says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "With MULTIBEAM LED technology the headlamps now are able to react even more quickly, more precisely and individually to changing traffic conditions. On top of this, there are expanded functions of which a driver will become directly aware, such as anticipatory camera-based curve recognition with the active light function. With such features Mercedes-Benz once again is demonstrating its role as an innovation leader in the automobile industry." [source: Daimler]

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