2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Debuts Multibeam LED Headlights
When Mercedes-Benz fully introduces the refreshed 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, it will arrive with a new Multibeam LED lighting technology. In addition to the adaptive light systems already in place, the new headlight system uses higher-resolution and higher-precision LED light modules in combination with camera- and navigation-based data to respond to changing road conditions.
The Multibeam LED headlamps are made up of a special light module that contains 24 high-performance LED chips. Because each chip can be controlled independently, the system can adapt in an even more targeted and accurate fashion to changing road conditions. The surrounding environment is monitored using a windshield-mounted camera, which communicates traffic and road conditions to four control systems which calculate the best light pattern 100 times every second.
Camera-based active lighting has also birthed a new bend-illuminating feature on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. As the camera senses a bend in the road, an additional module in the low-beam headlight (containing four LEDs) can swivel up to twelve degrees to brighten the road ahead in anticipation of the driver turning the steering wheel. As the bend ends, the lights will automatically adjust to the proper forward-facing position.
If that wasn't already freakishly precise enough, the Multibeam LED lighting system can communicate with the on-board navigation for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Specifically, the navigation system will recognize when the vehicle is entering a roundabout and activate the bend-illuminating function ahead of the tight turn.
High-beams also gain a dazzle-free function, which limits the adverse brightness to oncoming drivers. The windshield-mounted camera responds to oncoming traffic, so the headlights can automatically and mechanically block out certain light beams. As a result, Mercedes-Benz says that you can leave the high beams on constantly in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class—that means no more flipping back and forth on dark back roads.
In addition, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class appears to get a small aesthetic update, adapting visual lighting cues seen on the smaller CLA-Class. The older, rectangular, bracket-shaped LEDs are dropped in favor of CLA-style units that extend backward from the inner half of the swept-back headlamps. Based on previous spy shots of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, the new lighting system will likely appear alongside a revised front fascia. The rear fascia could also get a small redesign, as the CLS undergoes a small mid-cycle refresh following a major redesign in 2012.
Underneath the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is expected to carry on with the same 4.6-liter, 402-hp turbo V-6 for the CLS550, as well as the 5.5-liter, 550-hp turbo V-8 in the CLS63 AMG. Check back soon for further details on the next CLS-Class.