• May 21, 2010
The long-lens of Priddy and Co. have snagged the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS readying itself for a photoshoot ahead of its debut later this year, and most of the stylistic elements originally shown on the CLS Shooting Brake and F800 Style concepts have carried over unscathed.

The shapely headlamps are drawn further back over the fenders, but are decidedly less organic and more angular compared to its predecessor. LEDs are nestled within the side air intakes, and the fascia, central air dam and grille are all larger and more aggressive.

The edginess begins to subside out back, leading off from the plummeting swage line and into the enlarged LED taillamps, with the rear fenders gaining an additional bit of bulge, similar to the new E-Class. Naturally, the low-slung, arching roofline remains, providing some balance to the CLS's new sharp lines.

When the 2011 CLS goes on sale later this year, expect a choice of V6 and V8 powerplants, including the automaker's new 60-degree 3.5-liter direct injected V6, good for over 300 horsepower or the twin-turbo'd 4.6-liter V8 putting out 429 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. Expect to get an official eyeful from Mercedes within the next few months, just before the wraps come off the CLS at the Paris Motor Show.




[Source: InsideLine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks really good, a lot better than the current one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like this design a lot. I have a small nitpick: The belt line should have been pushed down an inch or to to make the car a bit more svelte. It looks a bit bulky with that minimal green house... It'll probably look good in the wild though. Can't wait to see them on the road.

        Every time I see one of the new E-class I like the design even more... Despite the fact that I liked it from the start. This car may be the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The backdoor looks so wrong...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somewhere in the world, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe is missing it's taillights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I knew it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I LOL'd even though I like Benz's new design a lot. Hey, the E-Class has tail lights like the previous gen Hyundai Sonata. This car has tail lights like the Gen Coupe. BMW's new (ugly) 5 has the chin inlet from the Gen Coupe...

        At least the Germans are borrowing from one of the current style leaders eh?

        Benz has the design dialed in. As much as I fault the Germans for their over rated and over priced cars, I must give credit for the utter beauty of the new crop of Benzes from the C to the S but especially the C and E class. The only model that looks poorly proportioned is the SLS because it's roofline looks like it belongs on a duplo toy, not a supercar.

        Benz is now in my top 3 list of favorites for good design beside Ford and Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now if only your post would miss an apostrophe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a 4x4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That rear end looks fantastic. The side is a bit to reminiscent of the E-Class coupe, but that isn't a bad thing. As for the front, I like how they incorporated the not-to-swoopy parts of the F800 concept. All in all, can't wait to see one of these bad boys in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DAT ASS
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rearend, especially the taillights, reminds me of the current Nissan Maxima.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is looking incredible, better than the last gen already.

      The current CLS is one of the best looking cars of all time in my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like it, even better than the Hyundai Sonata which was a improved derivative design of the last gen CLS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Flash

        No one likes those "hideous rear fenders from the E class"? Really?

        The new W212 seems to be selling REALLY well for no one liking a certain part of the vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WOW now that looks quite stunning. I think Mercedes is going in the right direction here with there new styling.. It was getting out of hand and ugly as sin there for a while but it is definitely looking good in the case of the CLS!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this looks pretty weird and awkward, especially the details.

        Like the character line above the waist that droops down, hitting the funky rear quarter fender swell... so odd-looking.

        And unbelievably, the greenhouse keeps gettting smaller and smaller. Pretty soon you'll have gopher-sized peep holes for windows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What the EFF is up with the wheel gap?!?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can call it whatever you like, but it is still a STATION WAGON. A very nice station wagon, but still a STATION WAGON.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps, but no matter what anyone says, that hunchback thing is NOT NOT NOT a shooting brake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The squared-off nose and the new corporate rear arch flare kill the streamlined looks of the current-gen CLS for me... but that's just me. I personally love the current CLS, easily the best looking mid-size luxury sedan out there even though I'm not a Mercedes person.
      But maybe this looks better in person than in pictures, the CTS and Panamera certainly do!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those fender bulges do not look good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont like it, looks like a bad fiberglass body kit job with all the lines going all over the place and that front side profile reminds me of the Chevy Malibu
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mercedes makes some of the ugliest cars, they're all overdone. BMW and Audi have it right.
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