New to the CLS will be a hybrid option based on the same powertrain as the one
used in the recently revealed S400 BlueHybrid. Other engine options will include
both V-6 and V-8 powerplants, and there will be a high-performance AMG model.
The new design will feature a wider track, as indicated by the extended wheel
arches seen on previous test mules, and according to insiders its platform is
borrowed from the current S-Class sedan flagship.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS ignited the four-door coupe market when it was first
introduced back in 2004, and since then we’ve seen several other luxury rivals
attempt to emulate the design with cars like the 2010 Porsche Panamera, recently
revealed 2010 Aston Martin Rapide and upcoming Audi A7.
Now, prototypes for Mercedes’ next-generation CLS has been spotted, revealing a
few subtle clues about the new model. The new car is expected to be launched in
late 2010 as a 2011 model, and positioned more upmarket to bring it in line with
some of its more premium rivals. This will also allow Mercedes-Benz to introduce
a second four-door coupe model, rumored to be based on its next-generation small