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2011 Mercedes CLS Leaks

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700

The first official photos of the 2011 Mercedes CLS leak out

The Paris Motor Show beckons, and we are thankfully going to have far more going on in the world of cars than we have for the last month or so. And today’s leak of the 2011 Mercedes CLS in all its production ready glory – well, it’s Photoshop enhanced production ready glory, anyway – is doubtless the first of the Paris leaks to come over the next month or so.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the replacement for the Mercedes CLS. In July we brought you photos of the new Mercedes CLS out on a photo shoot. Those shots – without the benefit of the renderers art – showed a car that looked a bit more staid than the old car.

The back seemed to have beenĀ raisedĀ to give more headroom for back seat passengers; the front seemed to be blunt and upright and the flanks seemed to be a bit slabby. But as we said at the time, that could have been the angle of the shot.

The new CLS does look a lot better in these official shots. The nose is more upright with Mercedes lastest family look, but looks good. The back end looks rounded but not blobby and the sides don’t look as slabby as they did, although there seem to be styling creases for the sake of it; a bit overworked.

Still, the reality lies between the two – the snatched shot on a photo shoot and these perfect publicity shots. The 2011 CLS has a lot to live up to, with the current model spawning a whole niche after its arrival 6 years ago. The new model will probably not have the same impact, but with a fresh look and a new set of engines – including the new twin-turbo 4.6 litre and doubtless the new 5.5 litre turbo for the AMG – it will be an appealing car.

This leak will doubtless see all the detail coming from Mercedes sooner than later. More then.

By Cars UK