Mercedes-Benz has released the first images and details of the new CLS, the second generation of the iconic four-door sedan.
The first generation model was first presented in 2003 and created the "four-door coupé" market segment. Since its launch, the CLS has been sold in about 170,000 units worldwide.
"The new CLS points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom of Mercedes-Benz", explains Professor Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz. "At the same time it takes its inspiration from the great tradition of stylish, refined sportiness which has always been a feature of Mercedes coupés."
The main proportions of the new CLS are the same as its predecessor: long hood, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, dynamic roof sweeping back at an angle towards the rear.
Visually, the radiator grille is not
integrated into the hood but is formed separately. This further highlights the long hood.
The grille is dominated by the large central star, which underlines the car’s relationship to the other coupés of the brand and also enhances brand identity.
The large, elongated dark air inlets with black grilles also add to the vehicle’s athletic appearance.
Another distinguishing feature comes in the form of the full LED headlamps. Inside they are divided into three arrow-shaped layers from top to bottom: the upper layer contains an LED indicator, beneath which is a striking LED side light offering
low beam functions.
The side light can also be seen when the dipped beam
function is switched on, thereby creating a novel and separate night-time design and distinctive look. The lowest level of the headlamp houses the main beam
and nightview functions.
A total of 71 LEDs not only provide an unmistakable
appearance, but also a significantly enhanced view of the road compared with previous systems.
The front edge of the structure, above the mudguards, which slopes off towards the rear – known as the dropping line by designers – is a new
interpretation of a formal design element harking back to the uniquely rich wealth of forms present in historic Mercedes sports cars.
A distinctive and muscular sports car-like shoulder line above the rear axle
highlights the athletic character of the new CLS.
The side view is rounded off with wide wrap-around tail lights featuring LED technology which are arranged in the form of a linking element to the rear of
The shape is emphasized by the broad shoulder line, which is clearly visible from behind and supports the flat hardtop
. A wide metal insert adds a further visual highlight at the rear.
The central display has been integrated
into the upper part of the instrument panel.
At the same time, the downward sweeping side line on the doors continues the dynamic dropping line of the
range of individualisation options includes five interior colours, five trim designs and three qualities of leather are available to choose from.
Customers can also choose among three types of wood: high-gloss brown burr walnut, high-gloss black ash and satin-finish light-brown poplar.
The wood trim – located on the instrument panel support of the centre console and on parts of the door linings – has been matched according to grain, as part of an elaborate selection process, to create a harmonised overall impression.
Among the other details are the metal surfaces – which use a mixture of satin and high-gloss finishes – and the matt galvanised air vents which form the framework for a high-gloss-trimmed analogue clock.
The new CLS will be availabe with a range of 5 engines. The gasoline versions will include the CLS 350 (306 hp and 370 Nm) and the CLS 500, powered by the 4.7liter V8 biturbo unit (435 hp and 700 Nm).
The diesel versions will include the CLS 250 TDI (240 hp and 500 Nm), the CLS 300 CDI (306 hp and 370 Nm) and the 350 CDI, powered by the 3.0 liter V6 unit with 265 hp and 620 Nm.
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