It seems ever so likely that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS could be making its debut soon. As seen by these new spy photos, this CLS test vehicle has shed a lot of its false panels and camouflage skin compared to when it was first spotted. In fact, the vehicle is now only covered by a thin matte black foil, which should more or less give us an idea of what the CLS’ final design would look like.
Starting with the front fascia, there is a noticeable larger grille, with wider openings. The design of the larger grill actually reminds us of the Panamericana grill found on recent AMG models, such as the AMG GT. Unsurprisingly, the bumper design is still hidden, but it does appear to have production headlights installed.
The side gives us a better look at the CLS’ overall profile, which retains the signature CLS roofline. It appears longer than the current generation as it is said to ride on the W213 E-Class platform, which also makes the CLS lighter and wider. The extra length and girth is logical given that the CLS will likely be positioned above the E-Class but below the S-Class. Going to the rear, its design follows the current Mercedes-Benz line up with slimmer tail lights and bumper mounted plates.
Our spies managed to capture an interior photo this time of the upcoming CLS. The design of the dashboard appears to be a mixture of between the E-Class Sedan and E-Class Coupe. This comes to no surprise as the CLS is said to use the same platform. As seen by the green ambilight, do expect similar interior features from the E-Class to be made available in the CLS as well.
At the moment, there are still no details regarding the next-gen CLS’ powertrain line up. However, do expect it to share the same engines found on both the E-Class and S-Class. Given the same platform, a plug-in hybrid CLS is also likely.