Guest Post: Mercedes-Benz CLS Premieres in Paris

~ By Ant Bradshaw ~

The appearance of the new CLS definitely over-shadowed the premieres of other from Mercedes in Paris this year at the Motor Show, including the new CL 63, 65 AMG and the S 250 CDI.

Since being released in late 2004, around 170,000 units of the original CLS have been sold across the world. The new 2011 model is the second generation of the sector-defining four door coupe, leading Mercedes to label it ‘a whole generation ahead of the competition.’

Despite maintaining the same proportions as its predecessor – that being a long bonnet, narrow windows and rake coupe roofline – Mercedes insists that ‘everything is different’ with the new CLS. This is clearly evident at the front of the vehicle, where the new grille and elongated inlets are much more aggressive and reminiscent of the SLS AMG.

The full LED headlamps are the first to offer ‘all the regular dynamic light functions’ according to the German giants, who also compares the muscular flared wheel arches of the coupe to ‘the powerful thighs of a feline ready to pounce’…

From the rear the broad shoulder line that supports the flat hardtop is clearly defined as well as a wide metal insert on the roof.

Staying true to the outgoing model, the cabin is a strict four seater despite having a longer wheelbase. I personally expect it to be a more spacious car, but exact dimensions are yet to be announced.

The central display is integrated into the dashboard, which in itself is an evolution of the current E-Class design, and the high line sweeps of the exterior continue inside with the instrument panel and the front doors.

Mercedes will offer five interior colours, five trim designs and three grades of leather, including the 1.6mm semi-aniline option. Customers can specify whether they would like a high gloss piano lacquer or carbon fibre trim elements.

An engine line up is yet to be confirmed, however a new 540bhp, 5.5 litre twin turbo unit is tipped as the flagship for the new CLS.

Prices will be revealed closer to the launch.

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