The four-door CLS design study is the first vehicle to combine the emotional design of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a sedan.Mercedes has decided to produce this vehicle and it will be launched in 2004 as a 2005 model.
When it arrives in the U.S. market in 2005, the CLS500 will be powered by a 5-liter V8 engine, and its standard equipment will include a seven-speed automatic transmission, SBC electronic braking and DC Airmatic air suspension.
The CLS will also come with all the safety features expected in a Mercedes-Benz, such as two-stage front airbags, curtain side airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes and ESP stability control. Based on the E-Class platform, the CLS is 193.3 inches long, with a wheelbase of 112.4 inches.
"The idea of a four-door coupe opens up exciting possibilities. With sophisticated design and exclusive interior appointments, the Vision CLS is aimed primarily at people who have a passion for cars and for driving," says Professor Juergen Hubbert, DaimlerChrysler Board member in charge of the Mercedes Car Group.