2019 Mercedes CLS Spied With Minimal Camouflage

The Mercedes CLS kicked off the four-door coupe craze and it appears the latest model won’t stray far from the successful formula.

Recently caught in Germany, this prototype is largely devoid of camouflage and it gives us our best look at the third-generation CLS. As you can see, the model has a familiar appearance buts it eschews the heavily stylized character lines of its predecessor. The pictures also show a sleeker trunk, a relatively small sunroof, and a chromed dual exhaust system.

Inside, the car has a traditional instrument cluster and circular air vents. We can also see a leather-wrapped dashboard and what appears to be a three-spoke steering wheel.

Mercedes recently lifted the embargo on driving impressions and Autocar reports the CLS will be offered with an assortment of different powertrains. On the petrol side, we can expect a four-cylinder with 295 hp (220 kW) and an inline six-cylinder with 362 hp (270 kW). They will eventually be followed by an AMG variant with a hybridized engine producing 429 hp (320 kW).

Diesel fans will have a couple of options as well as the entry-level engine will reportedly be a four-cylinder producing 241 hp (180 kW). An inline-six will also be available with outputs of 281 hp (209 kW) and 335 hp (250 kW).

The Mercedes CLS will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November and sales are slated to begin next year.

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  • WG

    So far it’s looking good. can’t wait to see the whole car. 😮

  • Six_Tymes

    finally, back to smooth lines. so tired of the old Hyundai sonata “character line” design. and nothing against Hyundai for starting that design, just all other companies went over board and copied it, too much. so, congrats Merc!

    • pcurve

      yes, hallelujah! (but remember, the original CLS had very aggressive character line too, but there was just one strong line, instead of 3)

    • no25

      Agreed. It’s weird – I’ll be honest – I liked the trend a lot when it came out, but now it just looks like a giant saw cut through the car.

  • Cupboi

    It’s not the most unpredictable design in recent history, really. Well, at least it’s better than the god-awful current generation.

  • hwkr_01

    it has a very AMG GT-esque rear profile tied together with the classic CLS greenhouse.. I’m not entirely sold on this but maybe once the lights are reviled it will come together a little better.

  • nastinupe

    Looks like the first generation… which is a good thing.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      first one was the best.

  • Roland Fairwater

    Looks as if it has a new steering wheel?


    Right now, it’s looking kind of funny, but that’s only because I can’t see the full thing. It’ll probably come together nicely.

  • BlackPegasus

    The first gen was a marvelous design exhibition, but unfortunately it hasn’t aged very well none of its subsequent forms. It should be killed and memorialized.

  • Matt

    I’ll miss the 2nd gen 3 gauge instrument cluster but I really hope it turns out well. 1st gens design was fantastic, I like the 2nd gen more so than most (in person it looked fairly good) just hope the interior has something a bit more special in terms of design/layout over the s class. I’ll bet the grill is from the gts/gtr. Maybe taillights too will also be more amg gt over the s/e/c class.

  • SteersUright

    Looks boring, almost exact same profile as the current model which itself was much less impressive than the original. I guess they saved their best designers for that new AMG sedan thats coming out.

  • klowik

    The body looks more like the1st CLS.

  • Six Thousand Times

    No eight?

  • Marty

    So, they decided to embed the physical instruments into the huge tv-screen? Oh, how the interior design teams must hate their jobs nowadays.


    yet another e class with sloped roof

  • Tumbi Mtika


    • europeon

      Well… If the term “four door coupe” would exist (or even make sense) anywhere else but in the marketing departments’ lingo, the CLS would be the most “four door coupe” out there tho.

  • Skye

    Timeless beauty