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Mercedes-Benz CLS: First official pictures

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Here are the now the first official pictures of the new Mercedes-Benz CLS after the leak a couple of days ago. Nice lines!

The pronounced panel creases plus flared arches and sills, combined with the angular new front end, make the CLS seem lower and wider than the previous model – and hint at the shape of the SLS AMG supercar.

Triple-layered LED headlights house 71 separate diodes and provide everything from the indicators to full-beam illumination – which Mercedes is claiming is a production car first. An additional row of daytime running lamps completes the dazzling effect.

The tail is heavily inspired by the Shooting Break concept that wowed crowds at this year’s Beijing Motor Show. Its large, leaf- shaped rear lights and polished metal strip give an extra touch of class to the high-shouldered, muscle car-style back end.

There will be a wide engine line-up to choose from when the car hits showrooms in January next year, including a 261bhp 3.5-litre V6 diesel, and V6 and V8 petrols with 302bhp and 435bhp respectively.

But the big news is the introduction in March of a four-cylinder oil-burner – a first for the CLS. Producing 204bhp, it will help lower the overall carbon emissions of the entire range.