2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: Introduction
Redesigning an automotive icon is probably not very easy for automakers, but the task is likely even more difficult when the styling of the car is unique and helped spawn a new niche segment. This is the challenge that was facing Mercedes-Benz when it was time to update its sleek CLS-Class. All new for 2012, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class reinvents the unique four-door coupe styling that has inspired a wide range of similar designs from affordable cars like the Volkswagen CC and Hyundai Sonata to high-end cars like the Aston Martin Rapide. After spending a week in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 for this road test and review, it is clear that Mercedes-Benz was able to give this car more aggressive styling, improved luxury and faster performance without sacrificing its signature roofline.
Assembled in Germany, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is on sale now at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership with a starting MSRP of $71,300 – a surprising drop of $2,700 in price compared to the previous model. Despite a lower starting price, the vehicle used for this review added plenty of optional equipment raising the as-tested price to $80,995. While that price actually sits much closer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class rather than the related E-Class, buyers of this car are most likely drawn to the sleek coupe-like styling instead of the interior space of a more conventional four-door.