When Mercedes introduced the CLS-Class
in 2003, they not only added a new model to their lineup, they
also created a whole new vehicle segment, the four-door coupe.
Now just when other other manufacturers are starting to get
their first-generation four-door coupes on the market - like
the Audi A7
Sportback and BMW
5 Series Gran Turismo - Mercedes are unleashing their second
The new CLS sticks to the same formula as the original CLS,
but with the styling updated to be more in-line with Mercedes'
other offerings. To be honest there are some elements of the
older car's style we prefer, like the trademark arcing style
line which emanates from the front wheel arch and travels down
the length of the car, and the more harmonious sweeping headlights
and less upright grille. Overall the old CLS had a bit more
grace than the new car.
The face of the 2012 CLS was inspired partially by the SLS AMG supercar, in particular the shape
of the single-bar main grille. Another distinguishing feature
of the front end is the LED headlights - which are the first
in the world to offer all of the light functions using LED technology.
The lights themselves are made up of 71 independent LED bulbs,
giving them the flexibility to illuminate in a variety of different
ways to suit the conditions.
Inside, the new CLS is as opulent and well put together as you'd
expect. The cockpit features stylish dashboard which is a more
sporty and technical looking than the previous generation, and
it's the better for it. In place of the pillowy old four arm
steering wheel is a stylish looking 3 spoke molded wheel. The
center console is more appealing too, and the display screen
has been moved higher up to make it more visible. Gone are the
soft rounded contours of the old car's trim, and in their place
are more contemporary angular lines which seem more space-age
than old-age. The interior definitely appeals more to younger
Drivetrain or engineering information hasn't been released at
this point. It won't be until the car is officially revealed
at the 2010 Paris Motor Show (October 2nd - 17th) that all the
details will be available.