Description: The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is an executive-size sedan and is marketed as the four door coupe version of the (W211) E-Class model on which it is based. The car was first offered for sale in Europe in autumn 2004.
The model uses the Mercedes-Benz W219 designation. Based on the E-Class the CLS is six inches (152 mm) longer than the E-Class and was designed to slot between the E-Class and the S-Class, and compete against the BMW 6-series, along with other saloons.
The CLS also marked Mercedes-Benz\\\'s return to the executive-size coupe market since the (W124) E-Class Coupe model went out of production in 1995 - the (W210) E-Class not spawning a coupe variant, Mercedes-Benz choosing instead to introduce a new mid-size coupe, the CLK-Class. However, the CLK-Class did feature styling cues from the (W210) E-Class to give the impression that the (W124) E-Class Coupe was directly replaced, though this clearly was not the case.