Mercedes-Benz kicked off the four-door hardtop revival with the CLS-Class and has been a strong seller for the luxury marque ever since. With the arrival of the all-new E-Class, it was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz began development of the third generation CLS-Class.
Prior to these photographs, it was initially rumored that the automaker will be renaming the four-door coupe CLE-Class in order to align its nomenclature. Because of the success of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz has decided to keep the original name. While the four-door version sees another generation, the wagon, dubbed CLS Shooting Brake, will no longer be produced once the current model is discontinued.
Riding on the W213 E-Class platform, the next-gen CLS-Class is expected to be longer, lighter and wider than the car it will be replacing. With its positioning above the E-Class and below S-Class, the size of the CLS will likely slot in between the two big sedans. At the moment, the car is heavily disguised with false panels and swirl camouflage to hide the sleek four door.
Looking through the covers, the headlights appear to be slimmer and longer compared to the current model. The side profile meanwhile retains the distinct roofline, a signature of the CLS-Class since its introduction back in 2004. Moving to the rear section, a portion of it gives away the design direction of the upcoming four-door coupe. It appears that Mercedes-Benz is incorporating a corporate look for their coupes with slimmer tail lights and a bumper mounted license plate holder. This look can be seen in the S-Class Coupe and the C-Class Coupe.
As for its interior, the CLS-Class has traditionally had a different layout from the E-Class. Aiming at the higher end of the luxury car spectrum, the 2019 CLS is likely to have an interior that is more luxurious than its upright sibling. The latest technologies from the automaker will also be applied to the new four-door coupe.
There is yet to be any confirmation for the CLS-Class' powertrain lineup but expect it to share engines from both the E-Class and the S-Class. These engines consist of turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 engines, as well as a BiTurbo V8. Following tradition, the next-gen CLS will also come with AMG models. It is yet unknown if the CLS-Class will also be available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.