The future of Mercedes-Benz design in the new CLS

Kharl Prado August 26, 2010

You’ve seen the official images of the newly-released Mercedes-Benz CLS. But aren’t you wondering how this mighty beautiful machine came about? Apart from the millions of dollar spent on research and development, what really made the new CLS possible are the ideas of the men behind the drawing board. In the gallery below, you’ll see photos of the design process that were taken way, way before the new CLS was released and its official debut that’s set for the Paris Motor Show this October.

The CLS is the only four-door coupe in the premium class, and remains a favorite since its inception in 2004. Mercedes-Benz design head Prof. Gorden Wagener describes the design that is soon to influence the company’s future models. The front is unmistakably drawn from the SLS AMG—large central star and dark elongated inlets for supreme branding and athleticism. Full LED headlamps that are first in the world to feature all modern dynamic headlight functions—around 71 LEDs to illuminate anything that darkness has to offer.

Mercedes-Benz designers brought back ideas from their past sports cars to create the ‘dropping line’ from the nose down to the rear wheels so reminiscent of the company’s rich motoring heritage, while the wide flares above the rear wheels are a sign of pure muscle beneath all the grace. The wrap-around LED taillights further highlight the CLS from both the rear and the sides.

Inside the new CLS, you’ll find timeless interior designing that is highlighted by the wrap-around effect of the front instrument panel sweeping sideways to the doors. A host of interior color configurations, meanwhile, awaits the lucky owner.

There’s so much to be said of the new CLS. Grab the opportunity to see it personally this October in France. Or you could just drool over the photos. Evidently with the new CLS, Mercedes-Benz has and always will be in a class of its own.

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