Back in 2003, Mercedes introduced the CLS-Class, a four-door "coupe" that spawned an entirely new subgenre of raked sedans (think Volkswagen CC, Aston Martin Rapide, and next year, the Audi A7). For auto designers, itís a style with pitfalls. The lack of window frames means plenty of opportunity for wind noise and rattles.
But the M-B folks made it work and have sold 170,000 of the vehicles worldwide. Priced in the mid-70s for the standard (CLS550) version and just about $100,000 for the AMG, itís a statement vehicle.
The 2012 version will feature the giant star in the middle of the grille while maintaining the long hood and roof line that sweeps back and downward.
Weíre still fans of seeing LED headlamps (hello, Audi) approaching in the rearview mirror. The new CLS will have full LED headlights that M-B promises will be innovative and striking.
Of course, when we see one in the rearview mirror, we can be sure it will soon be passing us by.
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