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This is the final year for the current CL-Class, with its successor slated to launch in fall of 2014 and likely to bring many of the innovations seen in the all-new S-Class. The only change for this model is that the Premium Package, which includes massaging seats and night-vision assistance, is now standard across the line.
For 2013, a new Grand Edition trim package is available on the CL550, including 20-inch wheels, AMG-inspired styling touches and a selection of special "designo" interior and exterior color schemes. The next-generation mbrace2 telematics with Internet-based features is also provided.
Key updates for the Mercedes-Benz 2011 CL-Class include refreshed exterior styling, the addition of Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist systems and two brand-new V8 engine choices that deliver more power along with improved efficiency. Also, new is an economy enhancing stop/start feature on the CL63 that automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped.
For 2010, all CL's receive new audio systems with integrated Bluetooth, HD radio, four-gigabyte music register and USB and SD card slots. Also new is a wood and leather steering wheel and larger outside mirrors. All non-AMG models receive a new steering system – called Direct Steer – that employs variable ratio gearing within the steering rack, delivering better on-center and high-speed feedback.
Powerful in presence, luxurious in craftsmanship and armed with some of Mercedes-Benz's most potent engine options, the 2014 CL-Class puts the "grand" in grand touring coupes. Think of these big 4-seat coupes as the thinking and (very well-to-do) working man's high-end transportation. From the base CL550 Coupe to the 621-horsepower biturbo V12-equipped CL65 AMG, the CL-Class coupes still offer a fine mix of performance and livability even in what is the final year of their current generation. The CL-Class distinguishes itself from rivals such as the BMW 6 Series with understated design and prodigious amounts of prestige. Price tags starting well into the $100,000 range and eclipsing $200,000 for the top-line AMG model automatically disqualify some buyers, while significant depreciation may deter others.