Upgraded version of Mercedes' four-door coupé to make its debut later this month, ahead of going on sale in September

The facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLS has been previewed in a series of official pictures ahead of its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week. It's expected to reach showrooms in September.

Along with its official pictures of the model, Mercedes has confirmed it will be using new Multibeam LED headlights for the first time. Features including a dazzle-free main beam, headlights which turn to illuminate a corner before it's reached, and a system which connects to the car's navigation software to illuminate roundabouts.

Prototypes of the new four-door CLS coupe have been spotted virtually undisguised in recent weeks, with the new, more aggressive front and rear bumpers suggesting this latest test mule is an AMG variant. Elements set to be included on the upgraded standard car include a revised front grille and headlights.

The interior of this prototype shows little change, although a new steering wheel with metallic accents can be seen alongside a slightly larger central infotainment screen. The model is expected to use the latest version of Mercedes' Comand infotainment software, and could well feature the same touch-pad controller seen on the recent C-class.

Engine options are set to carry over from the current CLS, meaning outputs ranging from 201bhp in the entry-level 250 CDI to 549bhp in the top-spec CLS63 AMG version. Some engines could also be offered with Mercedes' new nine-speed 9G Tronic transmission. The German manufacturer announced the new nine-speed automatic unit in July, with the first model to use it being the E350 BlueTec version of the E-class.

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3 June 2014
Mercedes Benz . Listen . exterior mirrors do not belong on the doors.

Put them in the corners of the A pillars where the do belong.

Like my SLK which I love.

The lines are spoilt by mirrors on doors.

3 June 2014
Can look good - Porsche 991 for example, but it agree the ones on this CLS look fugly.
Is it my imagination or are Mercedes restyling the CLS more frequently than other models? Deliberate policy, to attract the style conscious?
If I'd bought one, I'd be rather annoyed that within a year or two there'd be a new one, making mine look old.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

3 June 2014
I still don't think this looks as dramatic as the original. Mercedes got rid of the bloated rear arches on the revised E-Class, so its a shame they couldn't have done the same here.

4 June 2014
They allow better forward visibility from the drivers seat, though I'd agree the ones on the CLS don't look great, but cars like the MINI, Seat Leon and 911 all have them and they look good.

4 June 2014
I remember when the CLS was launched it was like no other, quite a stunning car whenever one drove past. Today? It's evolved in to one of the ugliest 4 door coupes on sale. If this is what BMW's 6 series coupe is up against, there's no contest.

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