Four-door coupe replacement to be unveiled at the Paris motor show
2 November 2009

The Mercedes CLS is being fine-tuned for production ahead of its launch at next year’s Paris motor show.

It will be the firm’s first model to get a new range of turbocharged, direct injection petrol engines. All of these units will be turbocharged when the car goes on sale soon after its unveiling.

Mercedes isn’t moving too far from the four-door coupe theme that it pioneered. Although the car will be recognisably a CLS, the styling is all new, with a significantly different rear end with new rear lights and a very different boot lid.

The frameless doors remain and the rear arches mimic the distinctive shape of the E-class coupe.

The new engine line up starts with a 3.0-litre V6 with 252 and 306bhp. Two big petrol twin-turbo V8s will be available, a 4.6 with 435bhp and a 5.5 with 544bhp.

The diesels include the new 2.1-litre four-cylinder with 204bhp and an upgraded 3.0-litre V6 with 231bhp.

Underneath the CLS is based on the new E-class, but doesn’t get an extended wheelbase; at 2874mm it’s the same as the new E-class and the current CLS. The car will be 4925mm long.

Inside the car will retain its unique dashboard and a four-seat layout, using switchgear and elements from the new E-class.

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2 November 2009

the range topper has a 5.5 turbocharged V8 with 544hp, where does that leave the AMG version which uses the 6.2 N/A V8 which has 518hp and less torque? or is the new turbocharged version gna be the AMG range topper, since Bmw and Audi are also going the turbo/supercharging route with their M and S cars!!!!

2 November 2009

What's going on with the pixelated plates? Did Mercedes-Benz get to the spy/spies?

2 November 2009

Love the current CLS, still looks better then the new E class. I just hope the new one is still as classy and cool.

2 November 2009

Does the CLS still sell here?

I saw loads when they first came out, but i don't seem to have seen a new one for ages...

3 November 2009

thats a good point actually i dunno why the cls has not sold by the bucketload it looks far better than the e class (even the new one) dare i say sexier than the s class? much more nicer than the 5 series bmw and the audi a6 just doesnt get a look in so why has this car not sold that well? i know if i was in the market for such a car this would be my first choice! this new model looks like a 4 door CL class judging by those pics

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