This new generation of CLS, the vehicle that has been credited to starting the current crop of 4 door coupes like the Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide, VW Passat CC and Audi A7, is based on the current Mercedes Benz E-Class. The car is however wider, longer and even lower than the E-Class (how much more we still do not know as Mercedes has not issued any specification details as yet) and it will be the car that showcases the latest direction taken by all Mercedes Benz cars.
According to reports the feature that will be prevalent in new Mercedes cars will be the front grill treatment. The new ‘soft nose’ grill is a more curvy design and is separate from the engine cover. In most Mercedes’ to date, the grill comes up together with the bonnet but for this it is now a separate piece which allows more protrusion towards the front. This has the illusion in making the car look longer and portrays a sense of power.
The rear flanks take th E-class’ rear arches, that slightly awkward rear kink that begins in the middle of the rear door and works its way to the boot line. It however looks better here than the E-class as it has a curvier body that seems to work better with lines.
The new CLS is like the old version when it comes to seating. It still is a 4 seat 4 door coupe as the rear seats are still individual seats divided by the transmission tunnel/armrest. The improvements on the interior (being a Mercedes, no area is left untouched) is that is uses a dashboard based on the E-class but has the latest touches found in the recently previewed CLS Shooting Brake concept. The rear has a little more leg room and access to it, which was a bugbear in the old CLS, has been improved.
The old CLS was considered a sales success with over 170,000 units of it already sold worldwide. While this new model may be a little controversial in terms of looks as some areas of the car do not seem to gel well with other areas it still looks good. Mercedes has however got the stance and proportions right with the car. And ever notice that a Mercedes seems to look better in the metal rather than in the pictures? Like the current E-class, almost everyone I know hated those rear arches. But after awhile, everyone seems to be fine about the overall look of the car.
No official engine details have been mentioned but expect the usual petrol and diesel V6 and V8 engines to be featured in it. The CLS is due for its official launching at the upcoming Paris Motor Show and is scheduled for sale by mid-2011.