The all-new 2018 Mercedes CLS has been photographed for the first time. Mercedes-Benz has been hard at work, testing the successor of the CLS-Class, ahead of its 2018 reveal.
In 2004 Mercedes-Benz presented the first generation of the CLS-Class, a four-door coupe on the extended platform of the contemporary E-class. The recipe worked, so a second generation has been introduced in 2011 and shared again its genes with the previous generation E-Class. Thanks to Autoweek.nl, we can now see the successor, the third-generation which will also get a new name.
At the end of 2014, Mercedes-Benz announced that it will organize its models differently. For example, the segments are divided into the A, C, E, and S classes. So the smallest crossover logically is the GLA and the medium-sized SUV is called the GLC. The current CLS was still on the market at the time of the ancient name structure. It seems only logical that the new generation of the E-Class derived four-door coupe will change its name to CLE.
What the spy pictures reveal is a prototype that follows the familiar CLS recipe. The car looks low and stretched and the rear light units seem to be similar to the ones on the C- and S-Class Coupe. The new platform of the E-Class gives the future CLE a 6.5 centimeter longer wheelbase and undoubtedly more interior space. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, the weight – like the E-Class – of the CLE is expected to decrease by about 100 kilos compared to the current model.
In 2018, we expect to welcome the new CLE on the market. The return of the Shooting Brake seems to be jeopardized because of the marginal success of that variant.