2015 Mercedes CLS Coming To US With 9-Speed Auto
Only few days ago we were talking about transmission types and what are advantages of more modern transmissions. Also we had a report about 9G-Tronic automatic transmission that is developed by Mercedes and now we are getting information’s that this transmission will be offered in a 2015 Mercedes CLS.
According to Edmunds, the nine-speed CLS will go on sale in the US next fall before eventually spreading to almost all other Mercedes models, but there is no word as to when this would occur.
The current CLS uses a seven-speed automatic, and the 9G-Tronic’s extra gears will help improve fuel economy. Looking ahead, Mercedes said in a press release that this transmission is suitable for use in a broad range of models, both rear- and all-wheel drive and even hybrid and plug-in vehicles.
The company insider, who did not want to be identified, said the redesigned CLS-Class will have the nine-speed “in at least one engine combination,” followed “by a slow rollout across the line.”
Daimler introduced the new transmission on Wednesday in Europe in the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel sedan. The company said the new transmission is suitable for rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid drive systems and “will be used in almost all model series and engines in the coming years.”
The transmission is expected to provide improved fuel economy, although no estimates were provided for the CLS-Class in the U.S.
The European Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec with the standard nine-speed transmission starts at the U.S. equivalent of $72,269.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 with a 4.7-liter V8 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission returns 18 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.