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Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS

Underneath that sparse camouflage is the all-new 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that the update is only skin deep.

As the current CLS is based off the older E-Class platform (W211), the 2011 model is set to swap to the updated architecture (W212) and gain a few new stylistic updates inspired by its siblings. Although the coupe-like roofline will remain, the rear fenders will gain the blisters originally seen on the new E, along with the upright grille pulled from the SLS and more angular head- and taillamps.

Power is likely to be provided by Mercedes' new range of direct injected and turbocharged engines, available in both six- and eight-cylinder configurations and topping out in the mid-400 horsepower range. There's talk of a CLS 400 BlueHybrid variant and within a year of its debut – likely at the Paris Motor Show this fall – we can expect a 5.5-liter twin-turbo'd AMG version.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/11/spy-shots-2011-mercedes-benz-cls/

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Front end looks like it'll shape up nicely, but the rear end looks much worse than teh old one based one what I can see. Also what's with the big front overhang?

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Also what's with the big front overhang?

Yea I don't get that either. The current CLS has an extremely short one...

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Does mercedes have any intention on consolidating their design 'language' ??

It's so schizo : the sleek, rakish, (yet ridiculously-named coupe/sedan) cls,

the semi-sleek 'old school' s-class,

AND the Art & Science-cribbed e/c-class & GLK.

Spin the wheel already.

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Does mercedes have any intention on consolidating their design 'language' ??

It's so schizo : the sleek, rakish, (yet ridiculously-named coupe/sedan) cls,

the semi-sleek 'old school' s-class,

AND the Art & Science-cribbed e/c-class & GLK.

Spin the wheel already.

I prefer it to one sausage, three lengths of old..

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