Ths first real, official renderings of the new CLS that will be introduced for the 2012 model year have been released. The grill has been made more upright, a nod to the SLS AMG, and a styling cue we’ll see across many vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz line up soon (even in the new R class). I see a lot of E class coupe in this new design as well, the CLS continues to be a design force to be reckoned with.
From a mechanical and technical standpoint a lot has changed. There will be several new engine choices the largest of which will be in the CLS 63 AMG producing 555hp, wow! I’ve included more specific engine choice information in the Autoweek.com article below, as well as a few more photos. Autoweek always has great breaking car industry news without all the fluff that you get in a lot of car publications, online or in print.
From Autoweek, August 24, 2010:
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS: U.S. buyers get direct-injection engines
By GREG KABLE
Mercedes-Benz is holding back technical details of the restyled CLS sedan until its public debut at the Paris motor show in early October. But AutoWeek has confirmed that buyers will have a choice of two new direct-injection gasoline engines from the start of U.S. sales.
Engine choices will include a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 in the CLS350 CGI, rated at 306 hp, which is 14 hp more than today’s similarly sized engine.
Another option will be a new twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 in the CLS500 CGI, rated at 435 hp, which is an increase of 47 hp from today’s naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 it replaces in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
Also planned at the vehicle’s launch is an updated 3.0-liter V6 common-rail diesel engine for the European-market CLS350 CDI, delivering 265 hp.
At the top of the lineup will be the CLS63 AMG. It runs a new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that has been tuned to deliver about 555 hp. Unlike standard versions of the CLS, which will come with an updated seven-speed automatic gearbox, the CLS63 AMG will get the same seven-speed MCT (multiclutch transmission) recently launched on other AMG models.