The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is based on the W211 E-Class model. It is marketed as a “four door coupe” offering a smaller, but more powerful selection of engines than E-Class. CLS was first offered in Europe in autumn 2004.
CLS-Class faces some small competition from the new Passat CC, but more rivals are on the way: Porsche Panamera, Audi A7 and Aston Martin Rapide. Even the upcoming 4-door Lamborghini and Koenigsegg will offer competition though they will be built in a very limited series.
What we have here is a test-mule for the next generation CLS. New CLS will feature a wider track and will likely use the S-Class platform. You can see the extended wheel arches on the test mule. Overall styling shouldn’t change much, sharper body lines, bigger and wider look due to the platfrom borrowed from S-Class should be the main changes.
Rumor is that Mercedes-Benz will also offer a smaller four-door coupe that will compete directly with Passat CC and the upcoming Audi A7. Engine options will likely include the new S400 BlueHybrid and V6 and V8 powerplants. AMG model will be offered just like on the current CLS.
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