2018 Mercedes CLS Enters Final Development Phase, Drops Camo Almost Completely

Mercedes is putting the final touches to the upcoming CLS, with these latest spy shots revealing a car that’s pretty much free of any camouflage.

This late prototype is partially covered by a black foil, only hiding details like the shape of the front bumper and revealing a very appealing and elegant four-door coupe shape.

The new generation CLS is based on the same platform as the E-Class, though it will be slightly longer and wider as part of its positioning above the normal E-Class models.

The engine range will be shared with the E-Class as well, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so don’t expect any surprises there either. Sadly there will be no Shooting Brake version this time around due to slow sales of the previous model. As for the interior, it will follow basically the same lines Mercedes is using in pretty much all of its passenger models, which means getting twin digital displays and curvy dashboard lines.

There will be plenty of differences between the CLS and the upcoming AMG GT4 too, with the former adopting a four-door saloon bodywork and the latter being a muscular liftback that will also bear the Panamericana front grille. The interior of the AMG GT4 is also expected to be different as well.

Judging by the lack of camouflage, it won’t be surprising to see Mercedes pulling the wraps off the new CLS at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the next few weeks.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • europeon

    Oh, I like this!
    This is closer to the sleeker MK1 than to the boated MK2 in terms of design. The side profile could pass for a MK1 no problem.


    looks great

    • supermanuel

      Yeah it does.

  • lagunas3ca

    Everything is wrong with this car. The front end is way too short with that snubnose look. The AMG GT headlights don’t fit at all. Zero lines along the side. And that complete rear end with exhaust… what is this, the Chrysler 200?

    • supermanuel

      Snubnose look? The front end is perfectly well proportioned, not ‘way too short’. It’s shaping up to be a good looking car.

      • europeon

        Yeah, it’s actually one of the cars with the biggest dash-to-axle ratio, no way the front end is “too short”.

        • exeptor

          I guess that the bulging bonnet in all modern cars (because of the pedestrian safety) makes the otherwise long shape to looks a bit short. But not in a such a big scale.

  • StrangerGP

    Looks good, doesn’t have the fat ass of the current CLS.


    The saddest thing is ripped off interior from E class

    • Christian Wimmer

      That’s not a bad thing to be honest. 🙂

      • Bash

        True, I love the interior, and those air vents.

    • DuDE

      The CLS always had an E-class based interior.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        Not the first generation

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s a blob.


  • W12E

    And the CLS has been ruined. The last MB that was different now conforming to the C,E,S design language.

  • U8INIT

    Geez…this things is on stilts…I’m surprised

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Long car, tinny (so far) headlights, e Audi-like tailights…. What?!! CLS really has been become a weird car…

  • no25

    I like the interior, but it’s typical for Mercedes, so I wasn’t surprised when I saw it. The exterior looks pretty toned down from the current one which could be good but may not too. We’ll have to see when the camo comes off. Maybe, it’s just me, but I’m not a huge fan of Mercedes ‘flipping their grilles’ on some models. The ‘frown’ (let’s call it) is not as appealing as the ‘grin.’

  • Kagan

    No big difference to the normal e class.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Looks like a Manatee

  • Ermal Morina

    Looks good,not amazing but good overall.We have to wait for the full unveil of the car to judge tho.
    And props to Mercedes,for having the balls to change the design language of their cars and not just giving them an updated look… cough “bmw audi” cough”

  • nastinupe

    Meh… the AMG GT4 looks way better.

  • dumblikeyou2

    The nose, the headlights, looks like an inflated Mustang

  • baofe


  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks sharper than the average “pudding-y” Benz.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Damn. I like this one. A lot.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I do think the interiors need some variation between models. The Coupes should have something a little different. Same way the 6 series interior is of same familiy but different from the 5 and 7 series

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Seems to be an overall trend in the auto design industry to have 1 uniformed look and design, regardless of size and class.

  • Mark S

    It is not doing it for me.

  • exeptor

    I see the same problem here as in the new A8. Front lights are too wide. Just imagine if these light and the one in A8 are slimmer. This will be a face to kill for. Sadly they are not.

  • KidRed

    They went from sleek and smooth, to creases everywhere, back to everything smooth. Is Mercedes trying to undo the last 10 years of their car designs as if the creases never happened?