- The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class will be the first U.S. model to get the new nine-speed automatic transmission, a company insider told Edmunds.
- The 2015 CLS-Class will go on sale here next fall.
- The debut of the nine-speed transmission in the CLS-Class will be followed by a slow rollout across the line.
STUTTGART, Germany — The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class will be the first U.S. model to get the new nine-speed automatic transmission, a company insider told Edmunds on Wednesday.
The 2015 CLS-Class will go on sale here next fall.
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.
Edmunds says: U.S. consumers will have to wait at least a year before they can get their hands on the new nine-speed transmission from Mercedes-Benz.