Merc’s mus­cle ma­chine

A pi­o­neer­ing de­sign has had a re­birth, writes Paul Gover

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wrap­around cock­pit with an in­te­grated cen­tral dis­play, softer leather trims, and a ‘‘sewn’’ ef­fect on the dash­top.

Mercedes is also plan­ning a high de­gree of cus­tomi­sa­tion for the CLS, with a range of ex­otic fabrics, leathers and trims to al­low own­ers to tai­lor their car.

‘‘The CLS has been a very pop­u­lar car in Aus­tralia. It’s a ve­hi­cle that hasn’t stolen sales from any­where else in the range and we’ve got a bank of cus­tomers there who love the car,’’ McCarthy says.

‘‘It pi­o­neered a seg­ment and there are lots of im­i­ta­tors that re­ally don’t seem to have the essence of the car.

‘‘The new CLS is go­ing to give them some­thing else to fol­low.’’

Work­ing out: the pumped-up Mercedes CLS points the way for fu­ture Mercedes de­sign.

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