2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS May End Up Keeping Its Moniker

Even though we’ve seen plenty 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS models wearing full camouflage, the world’s most famous 4-door coupe still has us wondering about more than just its appearance.

Initially, it was rumored that Mercedes were going to ditch the CLS nameplate in favor of the more appropriately-named “CLE”, which made sense since the CLS has way more in common with the E-Class than the S-Class.

Besides, just like the previous two generations, the 2019 CLS will also be largely based on the E-Class. However, the latest reports seems to be leaning towards Mercedes sticking with “CLS” since the name happens to carry a lot of weight with it – after all, it started the 4-door coupe trend.

Even though the all-new model will be based on the current W213 E-Class platform, we’re obviously expecting it to be longer and wider than the E-Class, while sharing its sibling’s higher-end power units, including any engine with an AMG logo on it. That means AMG 63 and AMG 63 S models with up to 603horses. Of course, we could also see a plug-in hybrid version join the rest of the petrol and diesel range, but probably not at first.

As for these images, unfortunately the car remains heavily camouflaged and all we can do is speculate about its exterior and all the clever active safety and connectivity systems that will be present inside.

Once Mercedes do unleash their all-new CLS into the world, it will immediately bump heads with Audi‘s all-new 2018 A7, which is expected to arrive sometime this year.

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  • WG

    the design looks sleek. the side looks like that of the new e class coupe

  • Kash

    Well it’s def got a very smoothed out styling like the new Merc coupes, and they’re def hiding something dramatic up front with how much camo they’re using, same thing with the trunk. the tail lights look like they’re gonna be unique to the CLS, no surprise there. This one also looks a lot longer, looks like it’s gonna have a lot more room in the rear and especially in the trunk, then I’m not sure what they’re trying to hide around the headlights with those bulky pieces, I’m gonna guess maybe something for autonomous driving maybe?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It needs the S65’s 12 cylinder and standard V8 as engine options, if it really wants to justify the name IMO.

  • Yardie

    Hate those Merc Coupé tail lights.. Now they put them on the cls also…fugly

  • Kingsley Mpofu

    Have they gone hatchback?

  • BarryFastCars

    They could get away with the name change if the CLS went upmarket onto the short wheelbase S-Class chassis and included some S-Class coupe styling elements. Then that opens up for the CLE to “replace” the CLS at its current price point and intended customer. Then will we see a CLC to take on the A5 sportback and 4 series GC? Not the worst idea.

    • Bash

      good logic.

    • supermanuel

      That’s the way it should be Barry after the naming convention ‘rationalisation’ they did a while back. It makes sense to align everything in the range with A, C, E or S but not if they are going ignore the new convention. The SL should have become the SLS when the SLK became the SLC but didn’t. The new E based CLS should be called the CLE but isn’t going to. And now we’re going to get a whole range of B cars to make it even more complicated.

  • roy

    This gonna be a looker

  • Miknik

    Elegant, a bit predictable, but altogether not bad. However GLC/GLE Coupe and a proper E-Class coupe won’t make life easier for this generation….

  • Ermal Morina

    This is going to be a sexy car for sure. I think it’ll have an upside down grill just like the new SL which looks stunning imo. Really can’t wait to see what Merc does with this