A closer look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS design

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 31, 2010

Watch out for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS at the Paris Motor Show this fall. Months before its debut, the company teased potential customers with a cryptic sculpture at the Detroit Auto Show and by revealing the striking “Shooting Break” concept at the China show. Many have long waited for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS to arrive.

The latest generation has a sharper appearance with crisper lines and creases. When this model first came out, it was applauded for its mold-shattering design that featured four elegantly-styled doors.

Since then, luxury rivals BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and Audi have emulated this design. The latest vehicle still has the timeless proportions but it now has a sharper focus with exciting new design elements such as a prominent grille and a long hood.

The wheel arches have become more rounded, and there’s no mistaking that the contoured doors were taken from the Shooting Break concept. Also featured prominently is a dropping line that starts above the front wheel arches and flows with a downward curve toward the back. Design boss Gorden Wagener said that the new CLS “points the way forward for the future perceptible design idiom” of Mercedes-Benz.

Wagener said that CLS is inspired by the tradition of “stylish, refined sportiness which has always been a feature of Mercedes coupes.” The CLS is scheduled to arrive at US dealerships in mid-2011. Mercedes’ first iteration of the four-door coupe CLS came out in October 2004. Since then, 170,000 versions of the CLS have been sold worldwide. The CLS boasts a landmark design that prioritized aesthetics and styling before function.

The CLS is clearly an icon as its design has been the inspiration of Audi A7, the Porsche Panamera and the BMW Gran Coupe for their concept cars.

At the Detroit auto show last January, Mercedes had said that its exhibit was for a future design direction but it declined to reveal more details. Back then, Wagener said that Mercedes considered automobile design to be “artistic, aesthetically and sensuously oriented creation.”

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