Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz CLS Gets Chilly In Sweden

By John Beltz Snyder

February 11, 2010

In snowy Sweden, the new Mercedes-Benz CLS is undergoing cold-weather testing, and our spy photographer was there to snap these photos.
It looks like a lot of the sheetmetal on the body has a softer, smoother look, with fewer creases. The grille is upright and more prominent, like a lit of other cars being refreshed among the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The lighting on the mirrors looks to have been updated, as well.
Most of the changes are occurring under the hood. New V-6 and V-8 engines will power the CLS, and all will be direct-injected and turbocharged. A 435-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8 is on the horizon, as might be a hybrid drive. The range will top with the 5.5-liter AMG engine.
Have a look at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS in the gallery, or see what the photographer has to say about his subject, below.
There are few cars that still look fresh after five years of production and the current Mercedes CLS is one of them. No Botox needed here. But Mercedes is already working on a new CLS as we have showed before with photos of full camouflaged prototypes. And the reason has nothing to do with the looks, but more with the technicals under the skin. Since the current CLS is based on the old E-Class it’s natural to develop a new CLS on the current E-Class.
Fresh photos from cold and snowy Sweden gives us a clearer view how the new shape is turning up. We notice that it’s more of an evolution of the current version, which is a good thing. The fenders are more marked to give it a more powerful look, just like on the E- and S-Class. Front and rear did also get some new lines too fit in with the current Mercedes line-up.
There will also be some new engines from the new Move engine family. All with direct-injection and turbo, both six and eight cylinder are in the line-up. There is also a V8 twin-turbo version with 435 horsepower in the works and we might even see a CLS 400 BlueHybrid. And don’t forget the new 5.5 liter twin-turbo AMG with some brutal power for the AMG version.
So, when will we get the first look in showroom condition? Our guess is at the Paris car Show in September 2010 as 2011