The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has shed most of its disguise two months out from its world debut at the Paris motor show.
The latest prototypes, sporting strategically placed black tape but none of the earlier form-altering cladding, reveal better than ever the heavily sculptured shape and reinterpreted detailing of the new four-door coupé.
This car also carries the AMG styling kit, helping to beef up the CLS’s appearance. Longer and wider than today’s first-generation CLS, the new model rides on a platform shared with the latest E-class, with a 2870mm wheelbase and appreciably wider tracks.
The increased dimensions provide the new car with added accommodation and luggage capacity, according to Mercedes sources. They also confirm the CLS will continue to receive its own unique dashboard and interior trim treatment. As with its predecessor, the latest CLS is also planned to receive a four-seat layout with two individual rear seats.
Among the engines planned for the upcoming CLS are two new direct-injection petrol units. They include a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 in the CLS350 CGI, with 306bhp — 14bhp more than the current unit.
Also planned from the outset is an updated 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel in the CLS350 CDI, delivering 265bhp.
Heading up the latest line-up will be the CLS63 AMG. It runs a new twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 that has been tuned to deliver around 555bhp.
It will get the same seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission) introduced to other AMG models, including the new CL63 AMG.