• Aug 17, 2010
2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS leaked shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Whoops! The men and women in Stuttgart weren't planning to unveil the new Mercedes-Benz CLS just yet, but the crew from eMercedesBenz snagged these leaked images showing the new four-door coupe in all its production-ready glory.

As expected, the new CLS takes a lot of its styling cues from Benz's Shooting Break concept (they're name, not ours) notably the upright grille and more aggressive front fascia. The sectioned-off headlamp design has also remained intact, and from these photo-realistic renderings, it looks like someone shot the CLS in the eyes with lemon juice. Still, we're eager to see how this mix of LEDs looks out on the road at dusk. The CLS also uses the more shapely rear hips of the Shooting Break concept, rounding out the revised rear end. It's certainly more stylish than the outgoing CLS, which says a lot.

Inside, the CLS continues to use its four-seat arrangement with a center console that extends the full length of the cabin, and we fully expect the overall refinement to fall somewhere between the E-Class and S-Class sedans. Plush stuff, we're sure.

When the CLS launches, eMercedesBenz reports that a new 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 will be offered, as well as a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 good for around 430 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Of course, an AMG version won't be far behind with the all-new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 underhood.

Now that these leaked shots have hit the web, don't be surprised if the official images and details are published in the very near future. Stay tuned for the full smattering, and in the meantime, scroll through the attached gallery to see the high-res leaked images.



[Source: eMercedesBenz]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      they're there their. Learn it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      still one of the sexiest sedans!
        • 4 Years Ago
        My, heavens - there's a lot going on in that design.

        Busy? That hardly states the case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        but still not as good as the original
        • 4 Years Ago
        woohh so many lines....i'm dazed
        • 4 Years Ago
        it´s okay - nothing more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        or, NOW one of the sexist sedans (if you didn't care for the original as I didn't). Way to go Mercedes. Love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still like the original more. This one is trying a little too hard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        • 4 Years Ago
        Goofy thing is I love the new E-class. This just takes the E-class and overdoes it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like the verdict is out: The new CLS is a design FLOP.

        If you hated the new E-Class, this one's was done with the same ugly stick.

        Mercedes styling just keeps going from bad to worse.

        Thumbs down across the board.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 from here, too. The original one was a sensation, but the newness has worn off since other automakers jumped into the segment. I see some Ford Mustang in the side sculpting.

        Also, the use of LED "rope lighting" has just about been run into the ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Mercedes tried to fix something that wasn't broken.

      I wasn't the biggest CLS fan, but I think in terms of what MB wanted the car to do, the CLS was perfect. the problem with making a "perfect" car is that it's hard to inevitably have to tweak or redesign it, just because it's old. (BMW had a similar dilemma with the E39 5 series)

      Now it kinda reminds me of an old rock star. in its heyday it was a radical new thing that you couldn't help but love. Now, it's still kinda cool, but it's a lot more old, tired, and a bit boring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sex on wheels right there...

      Whose got the lube?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it look like this thing is melting, with the droopy front and rear end an all?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the original design better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Woah, way too much going on there for my tastes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It lost a lot of its classiness. It looks good and will find its audience. For me just another merc...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A face only a praying mantis could love.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Armadillos everywhere are pinning these images up on their walls as we speak...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I'm a fan.. I think the interior is great but exterior not too sure..

      Front looks like a classed up Infiniti M and the back looks like a VW CC coupe.. Not sure I'm feelin this one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its actually not bad looking (except the headlights, and mirrors). Its definitely going after attention and probably will get it.

      The downwards swooping lines cutting across the doors sort of complement the sloping trunk , probably something more observable in real life standing behind it.


      Question- How did they manage to incorporate Audi's upward swooping 'belt line-rear bumper combo'-thing into their own design language? This after the refreshed CL, face-lifted the A5's face.

      MB is seriously lacking originality, like who's head of design, a Chinese kid?


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