2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Grand Edition - Car News

Merc's "four-door coupe" gets a wickedly cool new paint job.


We are still not convinced the four-door coupe is a legitimate species, but if there are such animals, the Mercedes-Benz CLS certainly defines the genre. Indeed, few other examples are available right now, and entries such as the Aston Martin Rapide or, less extravagant, the Audi A5 Sportback and the Audi A7 have yet to reach dealers.

The CLS, on the other hand, has been on sale long enough to be due a complete redesign in 2011, likely arriving as a 2012 model. It is, after all, no more (and no less) than a re-skinned E-class. And since that backbone of the Mercedes range will be replaced shortly, it makes sense for the CLS to move onto the next E-class platform as well.

But the first-generation CLS must carry on for another two years or so. To keep up interest, Mercedes is announcing the Grand Edition special series. The focus clearly is on design, as dark casings for the bi-xenon headlight units and 18-inch AMG wheels painted in titanium gray catch the eye. The interior is distinguished by an Alcantara headliner, matte or high-gloss laurel wood, brushed stainless-steel pedals, and special available maroon leather. Goodies such as the COMAND navigation system and a parking aid system are thrown in for good measure.




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