Mercedes-Benz to unveil next-generation CLS

German carmaker to display new car in Paris
Aug 26, 2010
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Mercedes-Benz will unveil the all-new CLS executive sedan at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

"Customers all over the world benefited from our bold move to launch a completely new vehicle concept onto the market," Joachim Schmidt, board member of Mercedes-Benz Cars sales and marketing said in a statement. "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 next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS retains the long bonnet, narrow and frameless side windows, and sloping rear roofline that made the first-generation model popular, and in Mercedes-Benz’s own words, “a new style icon.”

What makes the all-new, second-generation CLS different from its predecessor is its front fascia, which is reminiscent of the SLS AMG. Serving to highlight the all-new CLS’ long and sporty bonnet is the radiator grille formed separately from the hood. The grille is dominated by the large central star which enhances the brand’s identity while the large, elongated black grille inlets add to the CLS’ sporty appearance.

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"The new CLS points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom of Mercedes-Benz," said 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."

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The all-new CLS also boasts of full LED headlamps. Using a total of 71 LEDs, the CLS’ headlamps are not only unmistakable in appearance but also provide “a significantly enhanced view of the road” compared to previous lighting systems.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS line is the first four-door coupe to break into the market. The next-generation CLS hopes to build on this pioneering role while serving as an entirely new vehicle to introduce the model to new buyers.

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