New 2018 Mercedes CLS: latest details ahead of launch this week

It’s the first time Mercedes has given us a glimpse of the new Mercedes CLS interior, with the car set for unveil at the LA Motor Show.

Official teaser images of the brand new Mercedes CLS have been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show, which takes place between 1-10 December.

These latest teaser shots from the German marque give us a first glimpse of the luxury car’s interior. The single image is a close-up of the new CLS’s dials and central display screen, which look to be lifted from the current E-Class saloon. The rev dial and speedometer can be seen on the left side of the screen while on the right side, the seat massage control is visible with multiple settings to choose from. The information screen along with the air vents are bathed in a red glow.

Along with the interior shot, Mercedes also published a darkened shot of the new CLS’s front end. It gives little away, but we can see part of the car’s red paint scheme and the boomerang-shaped LED lights – boasting a design similar to a B2 Spirit stealth bomber. The front shot pretty much matches the spy shots of test mules, that we’ve caught driving around Europe.

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The most recent spy shots came from Catalonia and differ from previous photos. These these test mules aren’t wearing any camouflage, except for some grey tape on the front and rear bumpers. It’s the first time we’ve seen the third-generation CLS in its natural form much in the way of disguise.

The body is painted in a plain white colour with a sunroof clearly visible. The grey tape doesn’t do much to hide the new headlight cluster, with boomerang-shaped LED lights accompanying the main lamps. The front grille looks to have been lifted from the E-Class Coupe, with its dotted formation clear to see. The overall sleek four-door coupe shape still remains in the latest photos with little revelations around the back. Auto Express reader Martyn Peal also snapped a camouflaged CLS in the UK, showing the car undergoing final assessment before its 2018 market release.

The upcoming Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe rival will make its official debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show, as announced on the show’s own website. Another unnamed Mercedes will also be unveiled at the expo, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

What we do know is that Mercedes will push its saloon styling to extremes for the next generation of its CLS four-door coupe – as the company’s chief designer revealed so earlier this year. Underneath It will be based on the recently new E-Class and share the executive model’s engines and transmissions.

The CLS will now form part of a two-car appendix to the E-Class line-up, focusing on style and luxury. The other car, the production version of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept – AMG’s second bespoke model – will major on performance.

Speaking at the New York Motor Show earlier this year, Mercedes chief design officer Gorden Wagener told us: “The CLS is for James Bond, and the GT Concept is for Jason Bourne. That describes the different approaches to those vehicles.

“The GT Concept is more of a four-door race car; for me the CLS is more the stylish car, the designer car – the design icon. The next generation will be even more. It’ll be a completely reduced car, with an aggressive roofline and stunning proportions, like a designer’s sketch. We thought about how to get these cars apart.”

Wagener promised that the CLS will still have space for adults in the rear. “Head clearance will stay pretty much the same,” he said. “We get bigger wheels on it, too, so we can push them up into the body. The side window profile is like a designer’s line drawing – very slim.”

Our exclusive images (see gallery) preview how the CLS could look in AMG trim, with the Panamericana front grille treatment. But Mercedes is so keen to promote the performance attributes of the upcoming AMG GT Concept that it is likely to keep V8 engines out of the CLS. UK models are expected to be offered with four-cylinder diesels and six-cylinder petrols and diesels; the AMG variant could then use a twin-turbocharged version of Mercedes’ all-new straight-six petrol. The AMG GT four-door, meanwhile, is likely to stick close to the show car, and to be offered in four and five-seat layouts. That model won’t arrive until 2019.

After its LA Motor Show reveal, we expect the car to arrive in showrooms at some point in 2018. We might not see a Shooting Brake version of the new CLS appear, however, given that sales of the current estate bodied CLS have been slow.


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