Ahead of schedule and the Paris Motor Show, images of a brochure for the upcoming 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS ‘four-door coupe’ have leaked online, giving us an advanced look at the final production-ready design.
With so much build up to the real deal, we’re not too surprised by what we see here. Mercedes’ Shooting Break concept gave us our first taste of how the CLS would be styled, albeit with a ‘shooting brake’ style wagon-like appearance. From there, prototype versions filled in most of the details. The CLS takes many cues from the new E-Class sedan, with its bulging rear fenders and svelte tail treatment, while the front grille is more upright than in the original CLS. LED exterior lighting is found front and rear.
Inside, Mercedes keeps the four-seat arrangement with two individually-sculpted buckets in the rear and a center console design that continues nearly uninterrupted from the front of the cabin, all the way back to the rear. A three-spoke steering wheel and three large round gauges keep the driver’s seat involving and we’re expecting a bevy of the latest technological gadgetry to compliment the opulent environment when we see the car in the sheet metal for the first time this October.
We’re still expecting to see a couple different engine options for the U.S.-spec CLS, including a naturally-aspirated, direct-injected V-6 and a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8. Stay tuned to Automobile for more info as it becomes available.