Next gen 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS caught on camera

New spy shots of next generation Mercedes CLS reveal four-door coupe’s makeover, ahead of full reveal later this year.

Mercedes’ product offensive will continue later in 2017 with the reveal of an all-new CLS – the firm’s large four-door coupe and rival for the Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Now, our spy photographers have caught the new Merc on camera again, offering up our best look yet the next CLS.

In these latest shots the new CLS wears less camouflage, but is still heavily masked. At the front we can clearly see the new, slimmer headlights and revised front grille, while the front end slopes down into a flatter nose.

The car’s beltline appears to rise more towards the rear than before and at the rear is the most obvious design change – the taillights. Unlike the diagonal, tear shaped ones fitted to the current model they’re horizontal, similar to the taillights on the S-Class coupe.

When it arrives we expect the next CLS to share its platform and some of its engines with the new E-Class, though it will be a noticeably longer and wider car.

Regardless, sharing a platform with the E-Class has prompted some reports of a name change, speculating that the next CLS will actually be called the CLE.

Introduced in 2005, the CLS stood out thanks to its svelte, sleek looks and low, sloping roofline combined with four doors and a 2+2 seating layout. The current model was introduced in 2011 and received a facelift in 2014. We know it is on its way out given Mercedes has already said its goodbyes with a Final Edition special, but we’re still a few years away from the new version’s release.

We expect a reveal to take place in the second half if 2017 and for the car to arrive in showrooms at some point in 2018. We might not see a Shooting Brake version appear, given sales of the estate bodied CLS have been slow.

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