Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Could Split into Two Models

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Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Could Split into Two Models

Mercedes-Benz is currently developing the next-generation CLS four-door coupe.

According to an Automotive News report, the CLS successor will arrive in 2018 and is expected to ride on the automaker’s Modular Rear Architecture (MRA). The platform currently underpins the new Mercedes E-Class sedan and will help make the new CLS lighter, longer and roomier. Expect the next-gen model to benefit from new technologies the new E-Class features, like semi-autonomous driving and a much more upscale interior.

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The big news is, the next-gen CLS could result in Mercedes creating two four-door coupe models. The CLE nameplate is being tossed around as a possibility, as the more basic offering for the lineup. The CLS will become an AMG-branded model and move upmarket to better take on the new Porsche Panamera and its competitors.

Other rumors suggest the German automaker will axe the wagon, or shooting brake, variant from the lineup, which was never sold in the U.S.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    and here i thought there were no more hairs to split in the lineup.
    Have they used CLC or CLB yet?

  • smartacus

    or BLM? :p