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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Underneath that sparse camouflage is the all-new 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that the update is only skin deep.

As the current CLS is based off the older E-Class platform (W211), the 2011 model is set to swap to the updated architecture (W212) and gain a few new stylistic updates inspired by its siblings. Although the coupe-like roofline will remain, the rear fenders will gain the blisters originally seen on the new E, along with the upright grille pulled from the SLS and more angular head- and taillamps.

Power is likely to be provided by Mercedes' new range of direct injected and turbocharged engines, available in both six- and eight-cylinder configurations and topping out in the mid-400 horsepower range. There's talk of a CLS 400 BlueHybrid variant and within a year of its debut – likely at the Paris Motor Show this fall – we can expect a 5.5-liter twin-turbo'd AMG version.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear reminds me of a Passat CC...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the Passat CC reminds you of the CLS
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been anxiously waiting for the new CLS for like 2 years since I first saw renderings on Google Images. Being a young guy, it's one of the few 4 door cars I would actually want, and is definitely a stand out in the Mercedes range looks wise, because it's not as "aristocratic" like some of their other cars.




      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not digging that big nose...
        Former S-owner
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know what they say...big nose, big hose...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can easily get that grill wider by another foot. Just put the lights above the fenders and just make the entire front end one big grill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      look at the (yet to be released) CLS quarter-angle rear view.
      now look at the CC.

      http://www.ausmotive.com/images/VW-Passat-CC-11.jpg

      now look at the older/current CLS

      http://image.motortrend.com/f/auto-news/for-europe-only-mercedes-benz-debuts-91-000-cls-grand-edition/12257910+w750/mercedes-benz-cls-grand-edition.jpg

      the older has triangular lights, the new seems to have CC-inspired oval lights.

      ...just sayin'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this really is a huge mess, it's the SL facelift all over again, I hate where Mercedes is taking their design language, and what the hell is with those side mirrors? Get them off the side of the freaking door and put them in front of the window where they belong. god, it looks like Dumbo
      • 5 Years Ago
      Useless! This is like looking at pictures of Heidi Klum in snow pants, a down-filled parka and rubber boots. I hope they used a light hand with the scalpal... the CLS is a design that really doesn't need to be mucked about with.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think the overhangs are bad on the current model. The wheels aren't pushed way out to the corners, but I don't think that's a prerequisite for an attractive car. On NetCarShow.com under Mercedes-Benz -> 2005 CLS500 you can see a couple of good profile shots, and while I'll agree that it dangles a bit more out there than a lot of cars, I really don't think it's noticeable unless you're fixating on it, and check out how gracefully the lines flow from front to back. All that and it even has trunk space equal to its E-Class sister.

        It's a very distinctive car so I can completely understand it not being to everyone's taste, but when you see one out on the road, you can't help but be momentarily captivated by its presence. My biggest worry here is with that snout. If it ends up being as prominent as these spy shots suggest, I think the whole front end will look comically over-wrought. They had to make some evolutionary changes; I just feel like this was one of those rare occasions in automotive design where they really nailed it on the first outing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with italy430-- the front overhang is terrible. I don't think rear overhang is as big an issue aesthetically (and it adds trunk space), but too much car ahead of the front wheels makes this look like a clumsy front-driver. Overall it just looks like too much car for the wheels, giving it a bloated appearance that reminds me of the Lincoln Towncar (ack!).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? I feel like this camo sucks. I can tell exactly what this car will look like when considering the most recent offerings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dunno man... it's a good overall body form, however, those overhangs are HUGE!... even for an american car they're kinda big.

        if they spread the wheelbase even 2 inches im sure it'd look a lot better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoever designed the original CLS really knew what they were doing, because that car still looks great. Like a woman with classical beauty, even when she ages, still looks good because the proportions are right.

        This car certainly didn't need a facelift, it is probably just because the new design management wants to muck around with the design of everything at Mercedes just to prove who they are and waste company money. But even with the worst of design features (like on the new E-Class fenders that they took from the Chevy Impala), and those Chevy Cruze headlamps and Buick Lacrosse/Hyundai Equus taillamps, it looks like they haven't changed the overall proportions.

        So what if it's going to look like a supermodel in an ugly dress, people with big $$$ don't care and will buy it anyway 'cause it's got the 3-pointed star on the front, just wait and see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This facelift looks really good as far as I can tell. I always thought the CLS looked a bit melted from some angles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks ugly compared to the '09/'10 model.
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