One of the biggest growths on the automotive market has been in the segment of four-door coupes. It is here that automakers are attempting arched designs to replicate the attractive styling of a coupe but with the practicality of four doors. The trend, as some of you may know, was started in 2003 when the Mercedes-Benz CLS Class was revealed.
Back then, the innovative design and its arched styling made it a best seller, and rivals immediately rushed to follow its trend. Since 2003, more than 170,000 CLS models were sold all over the world.
As you can imagine, Mercedes had a difficult task ahead when it needed to work on the next generation CLS. We can now see the result of the company’s hard work, as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class has finally been revealed.
“Customers all over the world benefited from our bold move to launch a completely new vehicle concept onto the market”, explains a delighted Dr. Joachim Schmidt, member of the board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales & Marketing. “And with its exciting design, the new edition of the CLS also benefits from the fact that we are a whole generation ahead of the competition with our four-door Coupé.”
The new CLS takes its predecessor’s arched design one step further, dialing down the rear side while introducing more sharp angles at the front and on the side. Besides the new styling, improved technologies and new features were added to the 2012 CLS Class.
“The new CLS points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom of Mercedes-Benz”, explains Professor Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz. “At the same time it takes its inspiration from the great tradition of stylish, refined sportiness which has always been a feature of Mercedes coupés.”
More specifically, the new CLS takes cues from the already launched CL Class coupe, while combining them with lines from recent concepts like the F800 Style and Shooting Brake. According to the company, you can even find a few marks reminiscent of the SLS AMG supercar in the new model.
The front grille is dominated by the central Mercedes-Benz star, while the darker and angled air inlets create a more aggressive presence. By far the biggest breakthrough with the new CLS is the full LED technology. This means that 71 individual LED bulbs make up for the main headlight, the side light and the indicator, not to mention the already familiar running light.
On the side of the car we can see new lines, which highlight the sportiness of the CLS. The flared wheel arches contribute to the overall image, while the rear is complemented by the LED taillights that create a unique image.
On the inside you will find almost the same features as on the CL or S Classes. A new three-spoke multi function steering wheel is present, while the gear shifter has been replaced with a more elegant knob. Customers can opt from a wide selection of wood, leather and inserts for the whole interior. If they want something a bit more modern, Mercedes also offers carbon fiber trim and black piano finishes.
No other details were revealed, but we can guess that a wide array of safety features will be implemented. Also, in terms of engines, expect a CLS350 version to sport a 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection, while a more expensive CLS550 will probably sport a twin-turbo V8 engine. As you can imagine, a high performance AMG version won’t be too far behind, probably with the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 from the new S63 AMG sedan.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show this October. Expect the four-door coupe to arrive in dealerships around the middle of next year.