It continues the pioneering role of its predecessor yet illustrates subtle advances in styling. The innovative radiator grille is not integrated into the bonnet but formed separately. This helps to highlight the typical elongated CLS outline that remains a dominating feature of the new model, yet now this athletic form is enhanced with a new interplay of lines and panels.
The front edge of the structure above the wings slopes off towards the rear. This design feature – called the drop line by designers – represents a new interpretation of a formal design element in historic Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The muscular shoulder line above the rear axle highlights the athleticism of the new CLS; flared wheel arches further accentuate this look.
Interior design follows the typical Mercedes-Benz timeless approach; a combination of uncluttered elegance with innovative handcrafted detailing. The cockpit has a wrap-around format with a high line sweep from the driver’s door, to the front passenger door. The central display is integrated into the upper part of the instrument panel and the elliptical side line on the doors continues the dynamic drop line of the exterior. ‘Understated but masterly’ is how the M-B design team sums up the CLS re-style. Certainly, it continues to combine the design dynamics of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a luxury sedan. Modifications to grille, side mirrors, LED lights / indicators, tailpipes and wheels are minimal yet effective.
May/June 2012 Issue
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