Mercedes CLS facelift spied

28 Jan, 2014 3:09pm Michael White

Mercedes CLS facelift spied undergoing final testing ahead of launch later in the year

The Mercedes CLS is about to get a mid-life refresh, and our spies have spotted a prototype wearing minimal disguise out winter testing in Germany. We expect to see the redesigned CLS arrive in showrooms by the end of the year -  and these pictures show only minor styling tweaks for the updated model.

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Most noticeable are modified front and rear bumpers, while the flanks of the CLS appear to feature crisper lines. Round the back there is a new taillight design.

While we don’t have images of the interior we know Mercedes will fit a larger COMAND display screen, mounted within the dashboard. Changes will also continue with a new steering wheel and larger control unit fitted to the center console.

In terms of engines, we expect the current lineup to be carried over, which includes a range of petrol and diesel six-cylinder powertrains, plus a four-cylinder 2.1-litre diesel capable of returning 54.3mpg. The range-topping CLS 63 AMG will adopt the same 557bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 as the current model, with an AMG S variant is expected using a tuned version of the same engine, rated at 585bhp. 

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Has the second generation CLS been anywhere near as successful (in sales terms) as the first one? The original was a genuine break from the mould for Merc designs, stunning head turning looks. The current one just seems like a variation on a Merc theme. To my eyes anyway.

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