Mercedes-Benz Teases 2019 CLS Ahead Of LA Show Premiere

Weekends are not usually chosen by automakers for revealing new products, but Mercedes-Benz has just released the first teaser image of the all-new CLS that’ll be officially revealed at the upcoming LA Show on November 27.

Mercedes uses the tag “The Original Perfected”, a clear reference to the fact that the first generation created the four-door saloon segment. The sole image depicts the car head on, highlighting the LED headlights, but it’s not that hard to discern the overall shape, single-bar grille and lower fascia.

Thanks to our spies, we have already seen the third generation of Merc’s four-door saloon with minimal camo, so we know what to expect: a sleeker bodywork than that of the outgoing model with soft curves replacing the more angular design of the previous CLS, and a dashboard with an instrument binnacle, infotainment system, climate control, curvy touchpad and, of course, circular air vents that’s become a staple of Mercedes’ new models.

The 2019 CLS will be built on the platform of the E-Class, but it will be lower, longer and wider than its more traditional sibling. As far as the engine line-up is concerned, we expect two petrol units, a four-cylinder with 295 HP (220 kW) and an inline-six with 362 HP (270 kW), and two diesels, a 241 HP (180 kW) four and an inline-six in two states of tune, with 281 hp (209 kW) and 335 hp (250 kW) respectively.

AMG will of course take care of the performance versions and, as we have already revealed, apart from the range-topping 63 and 63S, it will also introduce the CLS 53, which will slot between the range topper and the lesser 43. This will use a tuned version of the new M256 inline-six that will reportedly churn out around 430 HP, ensuring that the new CLS will have all bases covered.

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  • Elmediterraneo

    There will be no CLS 63 in favor of the AMG GT 4 door.

    • gor134

      How do you know?

  • looks ugly

  • S3XY

    I think there’s some kia with LED DRL’s like those

  • Autoexperte

    not the cls creates the four-door saloon segment, it was the Maserati Quattroporte (italian for four-door) in 1963

    • Galaxium

      I think they meant the 4-door coupé, which the CLS started.

      • Autoexperte

        Is this car not a “four-door coupe”?
        The Citroen DS has a sloping roofline and frameless side windows

        • Galaxium

          It’s a 4-door sedan.

          The CLS is what started the 4-door coupé styling for the past 10 years.

          There weren’t 4-door coupés in the 80s and 90s.

          • Autoexperte

            In my opinion the Mercedes-Benz CLS didn’t create the segment of 4-door coupes, the cls did revive it like the miata the segment of the roadsters

  • Matthew Daraei

    The car looks sad. It seems that Mercedes lost this one! CLS is dead for now.

  • c3vzn

    The CLS doesn’t need to exist anymore, basically every Merc sedan is a 4-door coupe these days. They should just make the AMG GT4 and call it a day because that’s actually something special.

  • SteersUright

    Whats with the hockey stick LED treatment in the headlight? Seems Audi beautifully incorporated LED strips as design accents years ago and none of the other automakers ever understood that and just started sticking in random LED shapes in their own designs.

    • BlackPegasus

      Agreed. I once felt the same way. I believed all manufactures should incorporate their own unique designs for LED daytime running lights but Compacts from Kia, Ford, Chevy and Honda are all over the place with design. It’s hard for a brand to maintain a signature style (like Cadillac and Audi has successfully done thus far) without looking like another brand or model.


    heavily inspired from s class but uses e class underpinnings. The car’s biggest problem since it was introduced in 2004

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  • Christopher Fugle

    Traded our CLS in. Drove great, great seats front and back. That roofline meant anyone over 5’10” up front or 5’8″ in the back meant head crashing into the roof at every bump (and that’s with front seats angled back and lowered). How they could design a long E-Class long coupe with barely room for 2 people and those are height restricted too is a wonder to me. How a roofline could dictate who can drive a car is a wonder to me. Sad as they got so much correct everywhere else.

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