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Up until last week, Mercedes-Benz had been doing a rather admirable job keeping the 2011 CLS under wraps. But as we saw last Friday, that got blown out of the water as the forthcoming four-door was caught posing for the camera as part of what appeared to be a photo shoot. All that was missing was a nice clean shot from the front.
Problem solved. This morning, a lone image has appeared that shows off the shapely new 2011 CLS' SLS-inspired fascia with LED lighting, dramatically sloping roofline and its newly contoured bodysides. As we saw last week, a bit of comparison work proves that the production car will share the vast majority of its sheetmetal with the CLS Shooting Break (yes, we know... it should be Brake, but we didn't name it) concept that M-B introduced just a few months back.

In fact, the car in the spy shot looks so much like the conceptual CLS hatch that we had to open the two in their own windows the double check what we were looking at. See for yourself. In any case, we're mostly digging this new fastback sedan shape and relishing the idea of a 5.5-liter turbocharged and direct injected AMG-fettled V8 engine underhood.

[Source: SecretNewCars.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      What, no jokes about a caption contest on the spy photo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front end treatment looks a lot like that on new Volvos... Not digging the headlights yet either, but overall I think it's an improvement. Looks more cohesive than the regular E, which looks overworked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's losing the elegance...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The profile always bugged me on the current gen, but this is a big improvement. The rear is also vastly improved, and I'm a big fan. The front puts all that to waste though. The hunched bumpers over the brake inlets make this nose look overworked, and a bit like a chubby bulldog. And that's not a good thing.

      A bunch more spy spots here:
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks korean from the rear. Not surprising though, since the E-class looks like Hyundai Sonata.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like it, at first I thought the headlights were to busy... but now I love it, more than the current model