Mercedes-Benz CLS-Klasse Facelift (C 218) 2014

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has announced the arrival of its first new diesel passenger car (not counting the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid) in some time to be sold to the public, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 250d. It joins the CLS 400introduced in April this year – in the facelifted W218 range, as a more affordable entry into four-door coupé ownership.

While the CLS 400 is priced at a cool RM598,888 on-the-road without insurance, the CLS 250d should come in around RM100,000 less, slated to retail at under RM500,000. As with all new Mercedes-Benz models in Malaysia, the oil-burning CLS will come with a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

In place of a 333 PS/480 Nm 3.0 litre twin-turbo petrol V6, the CLS 250d has under its bonnet Mercedes’ venerable 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel – essentially the same OM651 DE 22 LA mill as on the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, minus the 20 kW electric motor. Output is rated at 204 PS at 3,800 rpm and 500 Nm from 1,600 to 1,800 rpm, sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.

As such, the CLS 250d sprints from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 242 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at between 4.6-4.7 litres per 100 km, with carbon dioxide emissions quoted at just 122 grams per kilometre.

For now, MBM has yet to release detailed specifications and kit list for the diesel model, although looking at the anticipated big saving over the CLS 400, expect the CLS 250d to be shorn of much of the petrol’s kit – which includes Multibeam LED headlights, a full AMG Line styling kit, 19-inch wheels, Steering Assist with Stop&Go Pilot for the Distronic Plus active cruise control, as well as a Surround View camera system.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz CLS 400 in Malaysia