The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced in 2010. Recently the German manufacturer focused on the new E-Class launch, but now the time has come for a new redesigned CLS to be delivered. The third-generation model has been seen on the public roads wearing heavy camouflage, but it will be officially presented before this year ends. We don’t know much about the new coupe, but let’s see more about it anyway.
In 2016 the midsize sedan was redesigned, and it received new platform, S-Class inspired design and new technology. We assume that the CLS should come with similar features, but the appearance is heavily influenced by the E-Class with hints of AMG GT sports car. Most of the features of the previous CLS will be carried over, and recently we have seen the new version on camera wearing less camouflage than ever.
Exterior design of 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
Even though the new model wears camo, we can see through it. At the front, the expected diamond grille is featured with big horizontal wings in the middle and roundel for the three-pointed star. It is obvious that AMG GT served as an inspiration because of the wider lower section of the grille. Based on the bumper shape, we can conclude that the lower grille is flanked by large outlets which will help out bringing even more aggressive design. The headlamps will be small and sharp whereas the hood has no bulges at all and it is expected to be clean and flat.
The next-generation model will come with the arched beltline and the low roof, just like it is the case with the previous car. The deck lid is short, the D-pillar raked, and the rear fascia has a certain angle to it. The wheels could have been larger for the CLS, but the company will probably offer options in this aspect. The rear has slender and long taillights which are stretched out from the outer bumper into the trunk lid. The rear bumper is similar to the ones of other large Mercedes vehicles, and the carmaker wanted to make things simple but elegant. We expect to see some smaller tweaks once the camo is removed, but this is what we got so far.
Getting spy shots of the cabin could be difficult, but we have clear photos in case of the CLS. The current design language of the S-Class and E-Class will be used for the cabin of the new model. Nothing will be drastically changed, and we can see the clock lower in the center stack which is taken from the E-Class. Generally speaking, not many features set the CLS apart. The dash and center console are very similar to the ones of the E-Class.
However, the A/C vents come with a propeller-like design which gives the car a sporty vibe. The new sedan comes with green ambient lighting which makes the lower dash and the center console more striking. The green color gives the interior, relaxing tone, but other than that, everything else has already been seen on the previous models or current-generation Mercedes cars.
Under the Hood of new CLS
The 2019 Mercedes CLS will use the same platform that underpins the E-Class. The engine lineup should also be taken from the E-Class, but some of the lower output drivetrains will not be used in the CLS. For example, the 2.0-liter I4 will probably be overlooked, but the 242-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque unit will be the base powerplant. Furthermore, the 3.0-liter V6 rated at 328 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque will also make the cut while Mercedes will use 4Matic AWD system for both E300 and E400 versions.
It is possible for Mercedes to include the V6 good for 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, but the CLS will most definitely end up with the AMG 63 package. It comes with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which delivers 563 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque in the regular model and 604 ponies and 630 lb-ft of torque in the S variant. When it comes to the diesel, the 2.0-liter I4 will be available, but the most potent unit will be a 3.0-liter V6 good for 254 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Pricing
The new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be more expensive than the ongoing sedan which costs $66,900. So, we guess that the new model will start from $68,000 while the AMG version will certainly go north of $100,000.