These are the pictures Mercedes didn’t want us to see! Months ahead of its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October, the all-new CLS has been snared by our team of spy photographers completely undisguised during an official shoot in Germany.
This isn’t the first time that the four-door coupé has been caught unaware on a press shoot. Until now, though, it has always been obscured by a cover, a nearby building or a Merc employee.
In profile, you can see the car retains the swooping roofline of the pioneering original, but with the addition of chrome on the rubbing strips, window trim and bootlid, as well as glitzy LED running lights, the newcomer’s design is less understated and more in-your-face.
The same goes for the larger, more upright grille, with its bold horizontal bars. This is designed to match up with the recently revealed CL, and sets out the template for new Mercs. It also gives the car a more imposing presence on the road.
To create a sculpted look, a strong crease runs from the angular headlights all the way to the back of the CLS, where it meets the muscular
rear wheelarch – a cue borrowed from the E-Class Coupé.
Under the bonnet, a pair of petrol engines – also available in the CL – will take pride of place alongside the six-cylinder 350 CDI diesel. The new twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 (dubbed 4.6 by Mercedes, despite a capacity closer to 4.7) produces 429bhp and 700Nm of torque – that’s
12 and 32 per cent more than the outgoing CLS 500 respectively. Fuel economy is improved by 22 per cent to 30mpg, too.
We’ll bring you all the official details closer to the car’s launch.