Mercedes-Benz CLS450, Mercedes-AMG CLS53: Sleek refinement

The Mercedes-Benz CLS450 is driven by a turbocharged 3-litre inline-six, among the first petrol inline-six found in modern Mercedes cars.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS450 is driven by a turbocharged 3-litre inline-six, among the first petrol inline-six found in modern Mercedes cars.PHOTOS: MERCEDES-BENZ
The Mercedes-Benz CLS450 is driven by a turbocharged 3-litre inline-six, among the first petrol inline-six found in modern Mercedes cars.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS450 is driven by a turbocharged 3-litre inline-six, among the first petrol inline-six found in modern Mercedes cars.PHOTOS: MERCEDES-BENZ

At nearly 5m tip to tip and with a wheelbase shy of 3m, the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS is a luxe barge shaped like a coupe

With Audi unveiling its second-generation A7 Sportback this month, the release of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS could not have been more timely.

The first "four-door coupe" when it was launched in 2003 is into its third generation. It has a cleaner and more chiselled design. With its shark nose front end, it is also the most aggressive-looking CLS.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Sleek refinement'. Print Edition | Subscribe