Four-door coupé or sleek saloon? Both, according to Mercedes, which reckons its new CLS-Class merges the two to form a unique challenger to the two-door forms of BMW’s 6-series and the Jaguar XK.
The wraps come off the new Merc at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. It goes on sale in Europe this autumn, and in the UK early next year.
Differing only in details from the Vision CLS concept unveiled at Frankfurt last September, the production car gets a new grille, door handles, alloys and mirrors, and the concept’s panoramic sunroof is omitted.
The CLS carries over the concept’s dimensions, 90mm longer than the E-Class on which it is based at 4110mm, although the two share a 2854mm wheelbase. Two engines will be available from launch, a new 272bhp 3.5-litre V6 – the engine from the new SLK – and a 5.0-litre V8. The latter packs 306bhp and sprints from 0-62mph in 6.1sec.
Prices will be around £6000 above the equivalent E-Class, on which the CLS is based, which means a starting tag of £43k, rising to £50k for the CLS 500.