The 2007 CL-Class raises the bar in terms of vehicle safety
with the PRE-SAFE brakes: the unique system automatically brakes
the Coupé before an imminent rear-end collision. Furthermore,
Mercedes innovations such as the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension
system, the Intelligent Light System with five lighting functions
and PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection all come as standard.
Two powerful engine options, a V8 in the CL 500, or a 517 horsepower
V12 in the CL 600, are available, delivering a notable increase
in output and torque. Thanks to their exemplary smoothness they
also live up to the Mercedes heritage of superb motoring refinement.
The CL 600 coupé points the way to the future with its innovative
technology, the design has also set the mould for a new Mercedes
style. Its hallmark is the interaction between distinctive tightly
drawn lines with large, unruffled surfaces. This design idiom
lends the Coupé its own particular expressive power, emphasising
the calm and power of its powerful, self-confident nature.
Familiar Mercedes features have been given a contemporary twist,
resulting in a harmonious blend of the classic and contemporary.
Examples include the hallmark Mercedes radiator grille with
its wide chrome louvres and the design of the C-pillar. The
unique, slightly downwards-tapering pillar configuration is
a typical feature of the large Mercedes Coupés whose roots go
right back to the 1950s: in 1956 the 220 S/SE Coupé (W 180/W
128 model series) first captured attention with this striking
C-pillar design, and a few years later the concept was further
refined in the successor model, the 220 SE Coupé (W 111/112).
Other design features which were already acclaimed back then
have also been reinterpreted for the CL-Class, keeping alive
the large coupé tradition of the Mercedes-Benz brand: the fully
retractable side windows, for instance, whose continuous aperture
is not interrupted by a B-pillar, and the large, curving panoramic
rear window. In the early days this was a typical styling feature
of the Mercedes Coupés, and in its stylistically evolved form
for the new CL-Class it is just as appealing as in the 220 SE
Coupé of 1961.
Style finds its way into the interior too: the large side window
aperture draws the eye to the stylish dashboard, exquisite wood
trim and soft leather upholstery. In an instant you realise
that everything in the interior of the new CL-Class is designed
for comfort and relaxation. The atmosphere is reminiscent of
an exclusive club: take a seat and enjoy. Five stylish colour
combinations are available; automatic climate control, COMAND
with car radio and CD/DVD player as well as a glass sunroof
are all part of the standard specification, elements that come
together to deliver a unique motoring and comfort experience.
In the top-of-the-line CL 600 the Exclusive PASSION leather
appointments, specially selected poplar wood and an Alcantara
roof liner with quilted seams provide the finishing touches
to an exquisite first-class ambience, a look and feel also echoed
in the seats with their designo styling, the chromed door sill
panels and floor mats with leather edging. The standard specification
also includes dynamic multicontour seats with massage function
and seat ventilation, the hard-disc navigation system COMAND
APS, the LOGIC7 surround sound system with DVD changer and the
KEYLESS-GO access and drive authorisation system.
Compared with the previous model, the 2007 CL-Class coupé has
grown slightly in every dimension. 5065 millimetres long, 1871
millimetres wide and 1418 millimetres high, the body is 75 millimetres
longer, 14 millimetres wider and 20 millimetres higher than
before, providing even more comfort and space on all four seats.
The boot capacity has been increased by 40 litres to 490 litres
(VDA measuring method).
A newly developed control system, which has already been successfully
implemented in the S-Class worldwide, refines driver-vehicle
interaction even further. Above all, it provides convenient,
rapid access to frequently used functions such as car radio,
DVD player, car phone or navigation system. Depending on the
driver's own preference, these systems can be controlled using
switches in the centre console, pressing a button on the multifunction
steering wheel or using the COMAND controller on the centre
console. This central control unit is linked to the large, pivoting
COMAND colour display next to the instrument cluster, providing
access to the user-friendly main and sub-menus that activate
the various functions.
The standard-fit automatic climate control with four independently
adjustable temperature zones is also integrated into the new
control system. The driver and front passenger can select temperature,
air distribution and other settings either using the COMAND
controller and menu-based control, or by means of an attractively
styled switch array beneath the air vents. The COMAND system
allows other individual climate settings to be adjusted such
as air distribution and the footwell temperature.
The newly developed integral seats in the CL-Class provide maximum
individual seating comfort. “Integral” means that all components
of the seat-belt system are incorporated directly into the seat;
hence the seats form an important component in the occupant
protection system. The standard specification already provides
electric adjustment of the fore-aft setting, inclination of
the seat and backrest, seat height, head restraint and length
of the front seat cushions. Pneumatic lumbar supports allow
the driver and front passenger to adjust the backrest contour
to suit their build and consequently reduce the strain on the