Mercedes-Benz CLS (C218) Facelift Details Leaked Before Its Unveil

With just a few weeks until Mercedes-Benz will finally drop the tarps from the upcoming mid-cycle refresh for the Mercedes-Benz CLS (C218) and CLS Shooting Brake (X218), most technical details about the models have been leaked and we are more than happy to relay them to you.
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According to the peeps at MB Passion, the upcoming CLS facelift will be the first Mercedes-Benz where the hyper-efficient 9G-Tronic will be rolled out on almost the entire engine lineup, with just a few exceptions still using a seven-speed.

In fact, only the 4Matic all-wheel drive models will remain with the 7G-Tronic, as the 9G-Tronic hasn't been modified for all-wheel drive yet, while the AMG models will still rely on the tried and true seven-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission.

With that being said, it seems that all the engines that get the 9G-Tronic will offer slightly improved acceleration numbers and a drastically improved fuel economy thanks to the much lower engine speeds.

The only new engine will consist of the M276 DELA 30, which is a twin-turbocharged three-liter V6 with 333 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb ft) of torque that replaces the older, naturally-aspirated, M276 V6 with 3.5-liters of displacement.

The biggest talk of the day will probably consist of the new LED Multi-Beam headlights, which will have their world premiere on the facelifted CLS. With no less than 36 LED bulbs per headlight, 24 of which will be moved independently, distributing light as required by the road conditions thanks to an electronic brain that uses data from two stereo cameras located in the windshield.

The unveil of the model(s) is said to happen on the 27th later this month, right in the opening day of this year's edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the UK.
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