Merc’s muscle machine
A pioneering design has had a rebirth, writes Paul Gover
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.