• Mercedes-Benz at the LA Auto Show 2017.

    Mercedes-Benz at the LA Auto Show 2017.

    From the CLS to the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: sportily into the future.

New CLS is at the centre.

The world premiere of the new CLS is at the centre of the Mercedes-Benz appearance during the LA Auto Show 2017. As additional highlights the inventor of the automobile presents three additional extraordinary vehicles, among them the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, the close-to-series hypercar with Formula 1 hybrid technology. There will be two more US-premieres: the new S-Class Cabriolet with further-developed design and luxurious interior, and the Mercedes-AMG GT4.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLS (C 257) 2018 celebrates its world premiere at the LA Auto Show.
The new 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS (C 257).

Fuel consumption combined: 7.5–5.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 178–148 g/km.*

Design: Logical evolution.

In 2004, with the CLS, Mercedes-Benz created a new vehicle segment that for the first time combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. With the third generation of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz is now building more strongly than ever on the aura and unique character of this trendsetting mode. It is another example of the logical evolution of the Sensual Purity design idiom: sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced. It blends seamlessly into the current Mercedes-Benz coupé family with numerous design features. The range of engines for the CLS is completely new. Three six-cylinder models will be available on market launch – two diesel and one petrol version.

Completely new engine lineup.

“For the first time, the CLS is a five seater. It comes with a completely new engine lineup featuring our latest-generation four- and six-cylinder units. In addition to that, we are the only manufacturer to equip our engine with an Integrated Starter Generator, as in our six-cylinder petrol version. This technology allows for a host of advantages you can normally only find in hybrids”, says Britta Seeger, Member of the Daimler Board of Management for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.

Britta Seeger, Member of the Daimler Board of Management for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, presents the new 2018 CLS (C 257) at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE – close to the world champion.

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE brings the very latest and efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the racetrack to the road almost par to par for the first time. The high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1,000 PS and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h. The high-performance plug-in drive system comes directly from Formula 1 and consists of a highly integrated and intelligently networked unit comprising one hybrid turbocharged combustion engine with a total of four electric motors.

“Never before has racetrack technology been transferred so directly to the road. The 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine, located ahead of the rear axle, is taken straight from our F1 programme with only minor modifications,” Tobias Moers states, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “But this beast is not exactly tamed – the engine revs up to 11,000 rounds per minute. No other road car can claim this figure.”

The S-Class Cabriolet (A 217) and Dietmar Exler at the LA Auto Show 2017.

S-Class Cabriolet – even greater sportiness.

As member of the large and successful S-Class family, the Cabriolet benefits from the same extensive innovations that were recently introduced in the Saloon. Exclusive to the two-door models and part of the standard equipment specification are innovative OLED tail lights. “The S-Class has always taken its rightful place as the flagship of our model range, and each model perfectly demonstrates our ambition to lead in every segment,” Dietmar Exler remarks, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “This is reflected in our current performance in the market. Our strong sales momentum has continued this year. And we are bullish about our future outlook.”

Production-base meets racing technology.

The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT R that already has a particularly high level of race track performance. In every area where the production specification could mean a compromise for racing purposes, it was replaced by racing technology for the Mercedes-AMG GT4. With the new race car, Mercedes-AMG is entering another GT racing category that stands out for its dynamic growth. “This race car truly sets new benchmarks in this specific racing segment,” declares Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Both the ABS and traction control are adjustable. And with its also adjustable pedals and optional air-conditioning, the GT4 clearly exceeds the usual race car standards.”

Mercedes-AMG GT R:
Fuel consumption combined: 11.4 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km.*
LA Auto Show 2017: Mercedes-AMG GT4.