First images and details of new Mercedes CLSNew CLS takes styling cues from SLS AMG Gullwing

22 August 2010

Mercedes has released the first images of the all-new CLS, which gets its public debut this October at the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes CLS: Front end looks familiar

New CLS: front end looks familiar

The original Mercedes-Benz CLS launched in 2003, becoming the first mainstream four-door coupé and inventing a whole new niche that Audi and BMW are only just beginning to fill.

Set to be unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, these are the first images of an all-new second generation Mercedes CLS – putting the three-pointed star a whole generation ahead of the competition.

Details are scarce so far, but from the complete view of the exterior we can see the new car’s styling is influenced at the front end by the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing supercar, while the sides resemble the latest E-class and S-class, which in turn take their inspiration from the classic Mercedes Ponton.

New Mercedes CLS: The sides resemble the new E-Class

The sides resemble the new E-class

New CLS has LED lights

The front of the new CLS also features full LED headlights complete with adaptive dynamic lighting functions for better visibility at night.

This will give the car a very distinctive lighting signature, with three arrow-shaped layers comprising 71 LEDs in total. The advantage to this technology comes from its adaptability and its energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting units.

LED technology is also used for the lights on the rear of the car, but that’s far from unusual these days. LED headlights, however, have previously been the reserve of supercars such as the Audi R8 V10.

Five trim finishes

Front and rear lights on the new CLS use LED technology

Front and rear lights use LED technology

Mercedes hasn’t yet released any images of the interior of the new CLS, but has explicitly stated it will be available in a choice of five colours and five trim finishes – though how many of those will actually make it to the UK remains to be seen.

We’re promised an ‘exciting mixture of satin and high-gloss finishes’, with other details revealed including ‘matt galvanised’ air vents, and options such as piano black lacquer.

You’ll also be able to choose between three types of leather, and even order a hand-stitched leather dashboard cover. No doubt an extensive list of in-car entertainment and safety equipment will also feature.

New CLS will debut in October

New CLS will debut in October

CLS only available with V6 petrol so far…

No word yet on engine choices, but the car pictured here is clearly displaying a 350 badge, so that accounts for a petrol V6 at least. Beyond this you can expect the usual range of forced induction petrol and diesel engines, BlueEfficiency technology, an AMG performance model, and in all probability a petrol-electric hybrid as well.

Pricing and standard equipment information will come closer to launch, and we should see the new Mercedes-Benz CLS hit UK showrooms early next year.

Further details of this new four-door coupé should emerge at Paris. Which? Car will keep you informed.

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