E-Class not luxurious enough? S-Class too expensive? Meet the new CLS.

Just days ahead of its unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show, the all-new Mercedes CLS has been spotted one last time – by this point, most of the camouflage has come off and it gives us the opportunity to take a good look at the stylish coupe. While the shape has remained almost the same, the design itself has gone through significant changes.

The designers at Mercedes have sharpened up the front end of the car and this particular prototype appears to have the firm's glitzy 'diamond grille'. It’s flanked by a pair of brand new headlights featuring a more angular design. There’s still some camouflage on the bumper and around the headlights, but even so we can figure out the design of the CLS’s front end.

Despite any changes that Mercedes might have made, the car remains recognisable as the CLS even going into its third generation. The curvaceous roofline remains in place, as well as the tiny windows that are necessary as a result. The car looks set to grow a little in its new guises, with a slightly longer wheelbase. At the back of this test car we've caught driving around the place there’s a thin strip of camo slapped onto the lower section of the boot lid as well as on the bumper and all-new rear lights. 

2018 Mercedes CLS with minimal camouflage spy photo
2018 Mercedes CLS with minimal camouflage spy photo

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Interior photos of the interior aren't available in this set, but we’re expecting to see the posh cabin to be a blend of E-Class and S-Class, with a premium feel befitting its premium price. For the first time, the CLS will be available with a five-seat configuration as a result of customer requests.

Engine-wise, Mercedes will sell the all-new CLS with a couple of brand new six-cylinder inline petrol and diesel engines inherited from the flagship S-Class as well as lesser four-cylinder units for the entry-level models. While the CLS 63 AMG is not coming back since it will be replaced by the four-door AMG GT, there will still be a high-performance hybrid version further down the line believed to be called Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 with an inline-six petrol working together with an electric motor. The combined output is expected to stand close to 500bhp.

The revamped CLS will premiere towards the end of November in LA and will go on sale early in 2018.

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2018 Mercedes CLS with minimal camouflage spy photos