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 Mercedes-Benz 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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